A man has been jailed for making a racist Snapchat video in which he targeted Home Secretary Priti Patel and used racial slurs.

Jake Henderson filmed himself verbally attacking Ms Patel as she gave a Covid briefing on TV.

The 30-year-old, from Retford in Nottinghamshire, also targeted an unnamed black man at the briefing.

After he posted the video it was shared more widely by his friend Robert Cumming, who has also been jailed.

The video then went viral after a third unnamed person posted it on Twitter, where it has been viewed millions of times.

In it Henderson says: “As a white man, I won’t be listening to people of colour because they are no good in positions of power.”

Both men admitted sending a grossly offensive message by public electronic communications when they previously appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

District Judge Andrew Meachin sentenced them at the same court, where he gave Henderson a 10-week sentence.

Cumming, who is 26 and from Doncaster, was given a six-week sentence.

“Mr Henderson clearly knew what he was doing when he made the video and Mr Cumming equally knew what was he was doing when he decided to pass it on,” the judge told the court.

Daniel Church, prosecuting, said the Snapchat video was not an isolated incident as Henderson had “previously behaved in an openly racist manner”.

He said Henderson had been given a caution for phoning a taxi company and threatening to firebomb one of their cars, after seeing rumours online that one was being driven around with an Isis flag hanging out of it.

The court heard he had also posted racist, homophobic and sexist tweets. These included saying “feminists should be shot” and describing gay marriage as “vile”.

In another tweet he wrote: “Sometimes I wish I could round up all the ethnic minority’s [SIC] and put them in a cage. #hitlerismyhero”

He posted the racist Snapchat video on 21 January of this year.

When police searched his house they found a mobile phone belonging to his partner which contained further racist videos of him.

These included one in which he had made a racial slur while waiting for a takeaway, Mr Church said, and another in which he put on a fake Asian accent.

‘Emigrating to France’

In mitigation, Henderson’s solicitor said he made the video when drunk, while having “a difficult time at work” and while finding “lockdown particularly difficult”.

She said he had sent it to a closed group made up of friends and did not expect it to go viral.

The court heard his parents’ home had been attacked as a result of the video going viral and they had been taken out for their own protection.

He lost his job, his relationship ended, and he has been sacked as a football manager by a local football team.

She said he intends to emigrate to France.

After backlash online, Henderson changed the name of his Instagram account to “please stop” and in his bio asked people to “leave me alone”.

However, he added “I stand by what I said”.

Cumming’s solicitor pointed out he had not made the video himself and had only uploaded it to a private group on Snapchat. She also said there was no evidence he had any underlying racist beliefs, but the judge said Cumming had “condoned” the video by passing it on.
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Graham Hart told his listeners he could see why Hitler wanted to kill Jews

An anti-Semitic Cornish radio host has been jailed for spreading sickening hate on the airwaves, saying Hitler killed Jews because they’re filth and encouraging others to take up arms to drive the religion out of the country.

Graham Hart, 69, a former Cornish singer and musician, asked listeners to send him a gun so he could lead the fight.

Hart, of Penponds near Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to eight counts of inciting racial hatred.

Hart’s home was searched on two occasions when officers found piles of anti-Semitic material.

When questioned by police Hart was abusive and insulting.

Examples of Hart’s radio ramblings included him saying Jews were “filth”, “like rats” and that they needed to be “wiped out”.

Hart said that although baby rats look cute, they grow to be adult rats and that in a similar way, young Jews should also be killed.

The deranged defendant also spread various conspiracy theories about Jews being paedophiles, rapists, corrupt and other less desirable members of society.

In one passage he said: “If you’re listening Mr Jew we’re coming to get you. Let’s get rid of the Jews, it’s time for them to go. After Christmas I’m going to work, going on the attack because I’ve had enough. I don’t want bloodshed but if that’s what it takes to get it done.”

Hart also said: “Why did Hitler want to gas them? Why did Hitler hate the Jews? Why have they been kicked out of 79 countries 199 times? Because they’re filth, that’s why.”

In a victim impact statement, a spokesman for The Campaign Against Antisemitism said Jewish people are currently victims of record levels of hate crimes in this country.

He added Hart’s campaign of hatred was the worst he’d seen since joining the group and that broadcasting it on the internet is keeping alive hatred born in the beer halls of 1930s Germany.

Hart’s potential to radicalise and convert others was said to be significant and the spokesman claimed that such hatred being spread can lead to others carrying out fatal lone wolf shootings.

Representing Hart, Mary McCarthy said: “He has no desire to resume this activity and has completely disassociated himself from the people involved.

“Otherwise he is a community minded individual with many attributes and talents. At the beginning he was reading things on the internet that shouldn’t have been there and he believed them.

“He got drawn deeper and deeper and this changed his personality, his family was concerned for him as he became angry and obsessed.

“Twelve days in HMP Exeter (on remand) has completely brought him to his senses. He has lost his anger and entrenched beliefs. All he wants is a quiet life with his family and has expressed his remorse.”

Sentencing Hart, Judge Robert Linford said: “Over the best part of four years you set out to whip up feelings of hatred towards people of the Jewish faith.

“You abused, vilified, insulted and threatened Jewish people.”

Judge Linford then ran through examples of some of the disgusting things Hart said on the airwaves.

Judge Linford said despite Hart’s mitigation, the offences were too serious for anything other than custody.

Hart was jailed for 32 months and made subject of a criminal behaviour order preventing him from hosting or contributing on any radio station.

Detective Inspector Daniel Massey said: “The sentencing of Graham Hart brings an end to a lengthy and difficult investigation.

“Hart’s anti-Semitic views are completely unacceptable in every way and have caused considerable distress to the Jewish community and many other people over the years.

“His behaviour towards the Officer in the Case was also an issue at times and shows Hart’s complete disregard for anyone who dares to challenge his views or actions, however, I am grateful for the hard work, dedication and professionalism that brought about this conviction.

“I am also grateful to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism [CAA], which initiated this investigation and has remained positively engaged throughout a protracted enquiry.

“Additionally, I would like to thank the CPS for its support and guidance in prosecuting this challenging case.

“This sends a strong message to Graham Hart, and those who share these types of views, that anti-Semitic behaviour and all hate crime will be dealt with robustly.”
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A boy set up an extremist right-wing group after spending a “concerning amount of time online” during the first Covid-19 lockdown, a court has heard.

The 15-year-old, from south Derbyshire, ran an openly racist channel on an encrypted app from August last year.

He admitted terrorism offences, alongside a 16-year-old boy from Kent, at an earlier hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in June.

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring adjourned sentencing until 9 September.

On Monday, the boy, 15, told the court: “I spent a lot of time in my bedroom doing nothing. I think I need to be a normal child again.”

In June, the 15-year-old admitted disseminating a terrorist publication called the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000, disseminating a terrorist publication, and encouraging terrorism, in August and September last year.

The 16-year-old admitted disseminating a terrorist publication called the White Resistance Manual by sending an electronic link in August which allowed others to access it.

During the sentencing hearing, the court heard how the 15-year-old boy downloaded a video of the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand, where gunman Brenton Tarrant shot and killed 51 people.

He also saved an image of a “leader board” of right-wing terrorists, including the number of people they had killed.

The boy also wrote about planning an “attack on the Dover coast”, where he claimed “every Muslim and refugee has been given safe[t]y”.

The 15-year-old received a caution in September 2019 for sending pictures of bombs to a fellow school pupil over Snapchat.

‘Dark rabbit hole’

He also has previous convictions for hate crimes, after threatening to blow up a mosque in January 2020, and headbutting a police officer who came to his home.

Mark Luckett, defending, said the boy had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and added: “It is clear at some point he had been manipulated.

“The offences occurred during the first national lockdown.

“[He] appears to have spent a concerning amount of time online during which has unfortunately led him down a very dark rabbit hole.”

Addressing the magistrate the boy, who said he intends to go to university to study veterinary medicine or zoology, said: “I don’t hold those views and I don’t know how I got to hold those views.

“That’s not the person I am.”

The 16-year-old said: “I’m really sorry. I will never touch that aspect of belief in my life and I will stop anyone I can from even trying to touch it.”

Mr Goldspring remanded the 15-year-old into youth custody and granted the older boy conditional bail.

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Rhyl War Memorial, which displays the names of 300 fallen service men and women, has since been repaired

A man who daubed Nazi slogans on a war memorial, used racist and homophobic abuse and spat at emergency workers has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Gareth Bradley, 31, from Rhyl, pleaded guilty to 15 offences including affray, racially aggravated harassment, assaulting emergency workers and damaging the town memorial.

The judge at Caernarfon Crown Court called the actions “disgraceful”.

Bradley had “long-standing” mental health problems, the court was told.

Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones told Bradley that while the offending during three separate incidents had to be dealt with by means of a custodial sentence, he would suspend the total term, 18 months, for two years.

The court heard how, last August, Bradley used an 8ft (2.4m) branch to threaten people at Ceiriog Valley holiday park in Glyn Ceiriog, Llangollen.

He hurled racist and homophobic abuse, used an elbow to smash a window in the reception area and abused officers called to the scene.

He also threatened to bomb a police headquarters and local mosques, and to attack the children of the police officers dealing with him.

Bradley admitted criminal damage to the war memorial last February, including spraying a Swastika and Nazi slogans on it.

He also admitted causing criminal damage on four cars parked in Bath Street, Rhyl, costing more than £9,000 to repair, in April.

The court heard he then spat at an officer while being held in custody, caused criminal damage to his cell and destroyed a Bible, for which he had two months added to his sentence.

Barrister Frances Willmott, defending, told the court her client had issues with mental health since his childhood.

She said he had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and was remorseful.

Detailing how Bradley had spent periods in hospital between the different instances of offending, Ms Willmott said he was now in supported living, where he could remain for two years.

Sentencing Bradley, the recorder said his behaviour at the holiday park and the damage at the war memorial were “disgraceful” and his actions towards police were “vile and disgusting”.

He was warned he must comply with all orders regarding his rehabilitation or he would be brought back to court.

“Please take advantage of this order for your sake, for your mother’s sake and for society’s sake,” the judge said.

Bradley replied: “Yes – I am so sorry.”

BBC News

A teenager who downloaded manuals on how to make bombs and poisons has been sentenced to a 12-month referral order.

The 17-year-old from Gloucestershire, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was arrested by counter-terrorism police in December 2019.

Far-right symbols such as swastikas were found scratched into a desk in his bedroom, Bristol Youth Court was told.

Detailed guides explaining ways of killing someone were also found on his phone.

Gloucestershire Police said the boy’s electronic devices contained images of him performing Nazi salutes, posing with imitation firearms and memes of mass killers such as Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

The boy admitted 11 counts of collecting material of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring, chief magistrate for England and Wales, sentenced the teenager to a 12-month referral order, which included a programme of rehabilitation.

The judge said he felt the boy did not pose a significant risk of serious harm to the public.

Interest in ‘extreme Neo-Nazism’

“It is very important that you take this opportunity to pause and think,” the judge told the boy, saying that if he appeared before him again a custodial sentence was likely.

Prosecuting, Kelly Brocklehurst said the boy had an interest in an “extreme form of Neo-Nazism”.

In police interviews, the boy said he had not looked at some of the documents and said they may have appeared through a “bulk download”, Mr Brocklehurst said.

The boy, who did not distribute the documents he downloaded, claimed he was interested in psychology and wanted to write about extremism.

He told the judge he hadn’t realised he was breaking the law, and being arrested had been a “wake-up call”.

Speaking after the case, Det Supt Craig McWhinnie, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South West, said: “The entrenched views and hatred displayed by this young person combined with their consumption of violent and disturbing literature remain deeply concerning,” Mr McWhinnie said.

“This investigation is another stark reminder of the hateful and damaging material found online that, for all of us, is only a few clicks away.”

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Anti-Islam activist could face hefty legal bill after false claims led to Jamal Hijazi receiving death threats

The anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has lost a libel case brought against him by a Syrian schoolboy who was filmed being attacked at school.

The English Defence League founder, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was sued by Jamal Hijazi after an incident in a school playground in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in October 2018.

Shortly after the video of the incident went viral, Robinson falsely claimed in Facebook videos viewed by nearly 1 million people that Hijazi was “not innocent and he violently attacks young English girls in his school”.

He also claimed Hijazi, now 18, “beat a girl black and blue” and “threatened to stab” another boy at his school, allegations the teenager denies.

In a high court judgment on Thursday, Mr Justice Matthew Nicklin said the consequences of Robinson’s falsehoods had been “particularly severe” for Hijazi, to whom he awarded £100,000 in damages.

The judge said Robinson had made Hijazi out to be “a violent aggressor” in the playground incident when he was in fact the victim.

The activist used language “calculated to inflame the situation”, Nicklin said, ultimately causing Hijazi to abandon his education and forcing his family to flee their home.

The teenager received death threats after becoming a target for the far right. Nicklin said the scars from the incident would “likely last for many years, if not a lifetime”.

Hijazi’s lawyers said they were delighted he had been “entirely vindicated”. Francesca Flood of Burlingtons Legal said: “It took great courage for our client, Jamal Hijazi, to pursue his libel action against such a prominent far-right and anti-Islam activist as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson.”

Robinson, who represented himself during the four-day trial, argued his comments were substantially true, claiming to have “uncovered dozens of accounts of aggressive, abusive and deceitful behaviour” by Hijazi.

However, the judge ruled Robinson had failed to prove each of his seven claims and that “in reality … his evidence fell woefully short”.

The judgment leaves Robinson, who has previously been financially supported by right-leaning groups in the US, facing a heavy monetary penalty at a time when he claims to be bankrupt.

Robinson said he was “gobsmacked” by the costs Hijazi’s lawyers were claiming, which he said included £70,000 for taking witness statements. He added: “I’ve not got any money. I’m bankrupt. I’ve struggled hugely with my own issues these last 12 months … I ain’t got it.”

Nicklin acknowledged there were “limits on what can be enforced against him” as a result of Robinson’s bankruptcy, but ruled he should pay Hijazi’s legal costs, which were not stated in court.

Robinson remains one of the UK’s highest-profile rightwing campaigners despite being banned from mainstream social media and beset by legal problems. The Luton-born activist has previously received hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations from wealthy international backers as well as ordinary supporters.

The judge said he did not believe the filmed attack against Hijazi was racially motivated. Bailey McLaren, the boy seen attacking Hijazi in the clip, had been “catapulted into the maelstrom of a media storm” and was also a victim in the case, Nicklin said.

He added: “In such circumstances, it is hardly surprising if Bailey regarded the defendant as something of a saviour; someone who was prepared to help him in what must have been a low and very frightening point of his life. With the benefit of hindsight and maturity, Bailey may yet come to reflect on whether he has actually been helped by the defendant.”

The Guardian

The full judgment is here Hijazi-v-Yaxley-Lennon-judgment-220721

Andrew Dymock had denied 15 offences relating to terrorism and hatred

A neo-Nazi student has been jailed after being convicted of fundraising for an extremist group and promoting its “distorted and wicked cause”.

Andrew Dymock, 24, from Bath, led the outlawed groups System Resistance Network (SRN) and Sonnenkrieg Division.

A judge said Dymock was “driven by an extreme mindset” and had taken the path of “total hatred and bigotry”.

He was convicted of 15 offences and jailed for seven years, with a further three years on extended licence.

The son of two academics, Dymock was arrested after a BBC News investigation in December 2018 exposed his extremist activities.

Judge Mark Dennis QC, sitting at The Old Bailey, said he believed Dymock was dangerous and posed a “significant risk of serious harm” to the public.

“It is clear you were a leader and not a follower”, he said.

Jurors were shown this image of Dymock during his trial

Dymock’s trial had heard he used the SRN website and a Twitter account to state that Jewish people should be exterminated and encourage lone actor terror attacks.

He advocated for societal collapse and a race war, and his ideology encompassed a violent form of Satanism.

Dymock wrote an online article stating a “racial holy war is inevitable” and that “every stabbing, bombing, shooting further plays into our hands”.

Images taken from SRN videos were shown to jurors

The former student had been supported throughout his trial by his parents, Stella and Dr David Dymock, a professor of dentistry at Bristol University, who he lived with in Bath.

The court heard they had written to the judge asking for leniency ahead of the sentencing.

Defence lawyer Andrew Morris said they were “extremely worried” about the impact of jail on their son.

BBC News

As the verdicts were delivered, he told jurors “thank you for killing me”

A neo-Nazi has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted of fundraising for an extreme right-wing group and promoting its “distorted and wicked cause”.

Andrew Dymock was found guilty in June of 12 terror offences including encouraging and funding terrorism, and three hate crimes targeting race and sexuality.

The 24-year-old founded two extreme right-wing groups which were proscribed as terror organisations in February 2020. He set up the System Resistance Network (SRN) group in 2017, promoting it on a website and Twitter before being expelled. After being “ousted” as leader of the SRN, he went on to form a new group.

On Wednesday at the Old Bailey, Judge Mark Dennis QC found Dymock to be a dangerous offender, highlighting his continuing “state of denial”. The judge said Dymock had been an “active and committed proponent for right wing neo-Nazi extremism”.

The Independent

Gareth Bradley caused outrage when he daubed a swastika and other offensive slogans on the Rhyl monument

A man who daubed Nazi and anti-Semitic graffiti on a war memorial today admitted committing racially-aggravated criminal damage.

Gareth Jack Bradley, 31, of Morlan Park, Rhyl, caused disgust after daubing a swastika, an Iron Cross and vile messages including “choke on chlorine Tommy” at the town last February.

Prosecutor James Neary at Llandudno court said Bradley had targeted a member of the Jewish community previously.

He urged that the present case should be sentenced by a crown court judge.

Bradley also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police custody detention officer at St Asaph in April when the prosecution said he coughed at her face during the Covid lockdown.

He also admitted on the same day damaging his cell with graffiti including a swastika again, possessing cannabis and four offences of vandalising vehicles in a spree at Rhyl leaving a repair bill of more than £9,000.

Defence solicitor Craig Hutchinson said Bradley had been “sectioned” under the mental health act and his situation had improved.

District Judge Paul Conlon said :”The offences are too serious for this court to deal with.” Bradley was granted bail until he’s sentenced by a crown court judge next month.”

Daily Post

Tony Richardson, who represented the Fens and Rossmere ward, made the post while in office

A former Hartlepool councillor has received a six week prison sentence for sharing an offensive post on social media.

Anthony Richardson, known as Tony, pleaded guilty to making a post on Facebook that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.

The 68-year-old, who previously represented the Fens and Rossmere ward, made the post while in office in 2019.

The case first went to Teesside Magistrates’ Court on June 25, but was adjourned in order for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Mr Richardson appeared in court on July 8 and, alongside his prison time, was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128 and costs of £85.

While representing his ward, council sanctions were put in place against Mr Richardson as punishment for sharing ‘offensive and racist’ Facebook posts.

He was reported to have shared a post likening an immigrant trying to claim benefits to a dog, leading to suspension from the Brexit party and a 2020 council investigation which resulted in him being barred from council committees.

After issuing an apology and attending equality and diversity training, he requested that he be allowed to sit on the council’s committees again.

In February 2021 his request was granted via a council vote, however, he was not re-elected in the May 2021 local elections.

He received just 380 votes standing for the Veterans and People’s Party.
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