Bognor Neo Nazi Tobias Powell admits racist hate crimes
A NEO Nazi was found to have made racist threats and supported a terrorist organisation.
Tobias Powell called for a civil war and supported the murder of MP Joanne Cox.
The 32-year-old showed off his tattoo online which showed a Nazi emblem, Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard.
He admitted four counts of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to stir up racist hate.
In his social media posts Powell showed his support for banned terror group National Action.
He posted on Twitter calling for a “civil war” to stop the “ethnic suicide of white people”, Counter Terrorism Police said.
Police went to his property in February 2019, and found Powell’s support for white supremacist and racist ideas.
He set up his Apple identification as Adolf Hitler, it was revealed.
Officers said Powell emailed the then Prime Minister Theresa May to brand her as a “snake” in a message entitled “Brexit Stitch Up”.
He also wrote a letter to Bognor MP Nick Gibb about his fears over Sharia Law.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of Counter Terrorism Police South East, said: “The evidence gathered during the investigation showed that Powell had some very unacceptable views.
“Whilst this was not a terrorism case, the nature of the rhetoric Powell had shared on social media, meant that it was only right for specialist officers from Counter Terrorism Policing to conduct a thorough investigation.
“We know there is a fine line between hate speech and terrorism. Showing support for terrorist organisations is not acceptable and if you do that, you should expect to be investigated by us.
“Police are committed to tackling all forms of toxic ideology which has the potential to threaten public safety and security.
“Where there is evidence that a group has been involved in terrorism, the Home Office will act swiftly to halt the spread of their poisonous ideology by proscribing (banning) them.
“Groups that do not meet the threshold for proscription are not free to spread hatred, fund terrorist activity or incite violence as they please. The police have comprehensive powers to take action against individuals under the criminal law.”
Powell, of Wythering Close, Bognor, faces sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court on May 14.