A police officer whose team helped convict a man of inciting racial hatred during Sunderland city centre demos has said his actions were “totally unacceptable.”

William Charlton, 55, known as Billy, spoke at a number of public rallies between November 2016 and July 2017 after a woman reported she had been raped in the city.

Northumbria Police say that attempting to disguise his personal agenda under a “cloak of respectability”, Charlton used the demonstrations to attack ethnic minority groups and immigrants with racial slurs and insults.

Charlton denied five charges of inciting racial hatred but was today, Thursday, September 26, found guilty of all offences by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison said Charlton’s actions were an attempt to fuel “hatred and unrest” in the city.

“Freedom of speech is an important element of modern society which we all advocate, but spreading hate and racism is totally unacceptable,” Ch Insp Rennison said.

“Billy Charlton attempted to disguise his racist agenda under a cloak of respectability by claiming to want to protect the women of Sunderland.

“He knowingly targeted a number of ethnic groups and immigrants at high-profile marches in the city centre, and in doing so, stirred up hatred.

“He then pushed that personal agenda further by circulating misinformation on social media for his own gain.

“However, today his calculated behaviour and attempts to spread hatred and unrest in our community have been laid bare.

“We must do all we can to stamp out racism and the spreading of hate.

“As a force, we are committed to tackling all forms of extremism which has the potential to threaten the safety and security of the public.

“I am glad that the jury understood and recognised the seriousness of Charlton’s crimes, and he must now deal with the consequences of his actions.”

Charlton, of Byland Court, Washington, insisted throughout the three-week trial that he did not intend to stir up hate and is not racist.

He was remanded in custody following his conviction and is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow morning, Friday, September 27.

Sunderland Echo

Alison Chabloz, 55, posted at least 50 times on her website over the past year
Convicted in June last year for suggesting the Holocaust was a ‘bunch of lies’
She has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison and given a fine of £175

An anti-Semitic blogger who wore a white supremacist badge as she was convicted of broadcasting ‘grossly offensive’ songs has been jailed for illegally posting to her blog.

Alison Chabloz, 55, posted ‘at least 50 times’ on her website over the past year – a ‘clear breach’ of the terms of her suspended sentence.

Chabloz was convicted in June last year for writing three vile songs mocking the Holocaust, which she sang and uploaded to YouTube.

The songs suggested the Holocaust, which saw six million Jews killed by Nazi Germany during World War Two, was a ‘bunch of lies’ and referred to Auschwitz as a ‘theme park’.

Chabloz was convicted in June last year (pictured wearing a white supremacist badge as she arrived for her trial) for writing three vile songs mocking the Holocaust, which she sang and uploaded to YouTube

She also mocked Anne Frank and laughed during her trial last year as the court heard how she mocked Jews being fashioned into lampshades, having their heads shrunk and being turned into bars of soap.

She was given a suspended prison sentence and banned from social media for 12 months.

Today, Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard that Chabloz had breached the order by posting to her personal blog, despite advice from probation officers not to do so.

The CPS highlighted three specific breaches of the order, but Chabloz herself admitted posting to the website more than 50 times.

Giving evidence to the court, Chabloz said she did not feel she was breaching the order as she believed her blog, hosted by WordPress, was distinct from social media.

She said: ‘I understood the order to mean social media platforms as they are generally accepted to be Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, not a personal website.’

Chabloz, of Glossop, Derbyshire, told the court she didn’t post to Twitter or Facebook, or upload to YouTube, during the time she was banned.

She also argued that because she disabled the comments on her blog, there was no ‘social interaction’ between herself and people who viewed the content.

The court heard that the blog is Chabloz’s sole source of income as it allows people to donate if they like her content.

When prosecutor Ian Shaw asked Chabloz if she considered people donating to her ‘interaction’, she replied: ‘It’s not really social interaction.

Chabloz added: ‘On Facebook and Twitter, people can see the replies.’

Steven Brown, of the probation service, told the court he had advised Chabloz not to post to the website.

But, he added, she was ‘quite forthright’ that she did not believe the order included her blog.

Chabloz appeared in court supported by her parents and four far-right sympathisers.

One of her supporters mouthed profanities at Mr Brown as he left the courtroom

She was defended by Adrian Davies, formerly of the British Democratic Party, who has previously represented high-profile Holocaust denier David Irving.

Mr Davies told the court he felt the wording of the order was ‘narrow’ and that it was not clear to Chabloz the ban extended to her personal blog.

Judge Taaffe said: ‘It is clear to me that Mrs Chabloz uses the website to share her views and promote her content.

‘It is used to create content to be viewed and, if wished, shared.

‘I am quite satisfied the order was clear.

‘Mrs Chabloz has chosen to embark on a course of conduct without advice.’

He imposed eight weeks of the suspended sentence and fined Chabloz £175, to be paid within ten weeks.

He told her she will serve half of that sentence, on the condition that she works with the probation service.

Speaking after sentencing, Mr Davies, said he was ‘surprised’ the judge had found her guilty and insisted he would appeal the decision.

Daily Mail

Jay Davison wrote ‘heil, heil, heil’ in a series of Instagram posts

Jay Davison admitted posting the photos but claimed he was drunk and did not mean to incite hatred ( CPS )

A man who posed with a shotgun and urged people to “stand up” against Muslims has been jailed for four years.

Jay Davison talked about “Aryans” and wrote “heil, heil, heil” in a series of Instagram posts and comments that saw him convicted of stirring up religious hatred.

A photo showed the 38-year-old posing topless holding what appeared to be a large shotgun, with the caption: “F*** Allah”.

Cardiff Crown Court heard he shared a second photo with the fake weapon in August last year, and wrote a series of racist comments.

“Ever seen a white man cut a head off? No because they’re f***ing scum. Heil, heil, heil, heil, f*** Allah c***,” one read.

“When has an Aryan cut another man’s head off?” said another comment.

Davison, an electrician, was convicted of publishing material with intent to stir up religious and racial hatred last month, and cleared of two further counts of stirring up religious hatred.

Sentencing him to four years in prison on Monday, Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke said: “You posed with a firearm, stripped to the waist so people could see your tattoos.

“You then posted the photos to Instagram, together with a group of extremely offensive comments, intended to stir up racial and religious hatred.

“You obviously intended to appear as someone in possession of a working firearm.”

Davison claimed the shotgun-like weapon was fake but prosecutors said it had never been recovered and tested.

Jennifer Josephs told the court that Davison, of Rhiwbina in Cardiff, had refused to help police locate the firearm.

“We don’t know where [the gun] is,” she added. “I’m not seeking to argue it’s a live weapon, but we can’t accept what he says because your honour will recall in interview and at trial he declined to say who has the gun and where it is.”

Ms Josephs said despite the posts causing a “great deal of upset”, there was no evidence they had caused anyone to “take action and be spurred on” by them.

The posts were published on a private Instagram account with 394 followers last August, but the police were alerted after screen shots were posted to a WhatsApp group later the same day.

When Davison was arrested by armed officers days later, he admitted posting the messages after an evening of drinking but claimed he was not racist and did not intend to incite hatred.

He said that the photos were taken at a friend’s house with an ornamental gun but he refused to name the friend.

Hashim Salman, defending, said a pre-sentence report found Davison was “unlikely to hold views as part of a discriminatory ideology” and called his actions “impulsive”.

Mr Salman added: “He says he is disgusted and embarrassed with himself.”

The case comes amid heightened concern over far-right extremism, which police have named as the UK’s fastest-growing terror threat.

At a briefing last week, the head of UK counter-terror police urged people to report concerns about loved ones’ views to the Prevent counter-extremism programme.

“Anywhere along this spectrum [of right-wing extremism], people who are vulnerable to it can adopt part of that ideology to move into a terrorist act,” Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.

Statistics released by the Home Office showed that more than half of a record number of religiously-motivated hate crimes were directed at Muslims in 2017-18.

The number of people referred to Prevent over suspected far-right extremism has rocketed by 36 per cent.

British security services say Isis-inspired groups and individuals pose the biggest threat to the UK, but seven right-wing terror plots have been foiled since March 2017.

The Independent

A paedophile from Luton has been jailed for two years and eight months after downloading thousands of indecent images of children.

Carl Tofts, 27, of Harcourt Street, was handed a 32-month prison term at Luton Crown Court on Monday after being convicted of possessing over 2,500 images of children being abused.

Police raided Tofts’ home in June 2016 after receiving intelligence that someone at that address was accessing indecent images of children via the internet.

Tofts was arrested and subsequently released on bail, while officers seized his devices to download and investigate the content.

He was arrested again in January 2017 by Norfolk Police for similar offences and, in November 2018, he was charged with making and distributing indecent images of children and possession of extreme images.

More than 2,500 images and videos ranging from the most serious category A to category C were found on his devices.

Investigating Officer Michela Zasada said: “Owing to a number of obstacles, it has taken us three years to bring Tofts to justice.

“I am pleased that he has received a custodial sentence for his despicable crimes against children.

“Viewing and possessing indecent images of children is by no means a victimless crime. It causes and propagates real harm to the children concerned, as they are abused and exploited in such a vile and appalling way, and people like Tofts share this disgusting abuse online for other individuals to view.

“We are dedicated to tackling offences of this nature, and hope that the custodial sentence Tofts has received today sends a strong message to others who seek gratification by abusing children in this way.”

In addition to the prison term, Tofts also received an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, with conditions he must follow on his release from prison.

Parents can visit the Parents Protect website, which is run by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, for lots of useful resources to help prevent online child sexual abuse. It also contains a list of organisations and resources focusing on keeping children safe in the digital world.

The NSPCC Share Aware website also contains advice and tips about how children can keep themselves safe online.

Luton Today

A private investigator who was caught on camera making an anti-Muslim rant against London mayor Sadiq Khan has been jailed.

Far-right bigot Pawel Golaszewski, 34, was stopped by armed police on February 23 in Abbey Road, Leeds, and had his computers seized.

Police uncovered a stash of terrorist material, including detailed instructions on how to make weapons and various killing techniques.

He was sentenced to just over two years in prison at the Old Bailey on Friday, having been found guilty at the same court earlier this week of having terror manuals.

Judge Rebecca Poulet QC told him: “Most of these texts contained viable recipes and clear instructions for workable explosive devices or IEDs.

“These were written for someone without expert knowledge.

“They provide step-by-step instructions to inflict serious harm or death on a victim, including silent assassination techniques.”

She said the evidence had showed that Golaszewski had views that were “Islamophobic and of an extreme right-wing nature”.

Ms Poulet added: “Overall the mindset material, as it is referred to, and the objects found at your home and in your car create a concerning context to your possession of the indictment documents.”

Golaszewski, who was arrested while wearing a Nationwide Security Services uniform, claimed he obtained the documents as research for work as a security guard and private investigator, as well as with his ambition to join the army.

Jurors were told police also seized a folding pocket knife, handcuffs, a survival knife in a sheath and two smoke grenades, which he claimed were for paint-balling.

Investigators found that, after speaking to the defendant’s colleagues and analysis of his Facebook account, he had voiced “anti-Muslim and anti-immigration” views.

The defendant described Mr Khan in racist terms in a video retrieved from his hard drive and played to the jury.

In the footage dating back to 2016, he said: “It’s like Islamisation of this country. Muslims, Muslims are everywhere and you know, it’s too much for me.

“I’m not a big fan of them. We don’t have them and we don’t have all these problems in Poland.”

Prosecutor Dan Pawson-Pounds told jurors: “The defendant presents as a deeply bigoted individual, espousing far-right causes and voicing racist, anti-Muslim and anti-immigration views.

“The Crown’s position is that there can be no legitimate reason for someone working in this industry, as a security guard or front door bouncer, to need to possess such material.

“The world would be a very dangerous place if that was a legitimate reason.”

Golaszewski, of Wensleydale Mews, Armley, Leeds, denied six counts of possessing terrorist documents,but was found guilty of all counts after a jury deliberated over two days.

He was sentenced to 26 months in jail with a year on extended licence.
Yorkshire Post

Kieran Cleary, who used the online username White Terrorist

A 16-year-old boy who constructed a shrapnel-filled device which could have been made into a viable CO2 bomb has been detained for five years.

Kieran Cleary, of Holme Wood, told friends he was going to “go on a rampage” and “kill many people” weeks after making the potential weapon, prosecutors said.

A trial at Leeds Crown Court also heard the teen warned fellow pupils around a year earlier that he was going to carry out a school shooting and he praised Adolf Hitler, telling friends: “Gas the Jews.”

A judge said Cleary told classmates: “I may as well bring a gun into school and do a school shooting.”

The teenager, who had access to the Dark Web, had been extensively researching bomb-making tactics online, and nearly created a weapon with a potential 30-metre blast radius capable of being used “to cause maximum harm and death to civilians”, prosecutors said.

His internet searches reflected a desire to seek out “extreme right-wing material and anti-Muslim material”, the court was told.

Following a trial earlier this year, Cleary was convicted of making an explosive substance and three counts of possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, but jurors cleared him of the more serious offence of making an explosive substance with intent.

Sentencing him on Friday to five years in custody, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “By its verdict, the jury were satisfied that you intended to complete the bomb and create a viable explosive device.

“There was a great potential for harm, even if there was no intention to use it.”

The boy, with a long fringe and wearing a T-shirt, showed no reaction as he was told the length of his sentence, which includes a four-year licence period.

During the trial, prosecutors said that, with the addition of gunpowder and a fuse, the device could have been a credible threat.

Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said the defendant became interested in far-right ideology, using the internet to access videos and information about murder, torture and mutilation.

He first came to the attention of police aged 13 and was referred to Prevent, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, in 2017, the court heard.

In July 2018, Prevent received information that the boy had told fellow pupils he was going to go on a rampage, aiming to kill many people and then be shot by the police or kill himself, and this led to a search of his home in Bradford, where items were found including two carbon dioxide canisters joined together and an assortment of nails, tacks and panel pins.

One of the canisters had been filled with nails.

The court heard that he searched for and watched videos about the English Defence League, attacks on Muslims, the Columbine High School massacre, and murder and mutilation.

The judge said: “Whilst you do not appear to hold any particular ideology, you are markedly desensitised to such difficult material.

“The evidence shows that you are prone to violence and harbour dark and homicidal thoughts.

“It is unclear whether you were motivated by any extremist ideology – you were simply showing off.”

Psychological examination has shown the boy’s personality traits reflect a potential risk to himself and to others, a lack of empathy, manipulation of others and an obsession with weapons, Mr Greaney said.

Even after being detained, the boy accessed the internet to make “far-right protestations” using the username White Terrorist, the court heard

Giving evidence in his defence during the trial, the boy said he made extreme comments because he was showing off and “being stupid”, and that he had only built the device to show off to his friends.

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC, defending, said the jury’s verdict reflected the lack of “malevolent intent with regard to the explosive device”, which he said was stored in open sight in the teenager’s bedroom in Camberley Mount, Holme Wood, Bradford.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, from Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said: “This is a disturbing case of a teenager who developed an alarming interest in extremist ideology, violence, firearms and explosives.

“Despite extensive attempts to steer this boy away from the path of criminality, due to the progression of his behaviour, he was arrested and charged with serious offences.

“His online searches, combined with the manufacture of an explosive device, had the potential to put the safety of others at risk and could not go unprosecuted.”

The Crown Prosecution Service said the boy had been searching the terms “how to get over first kill jitters” and “why do I think about killing others” online.

Telegraph & Argus

Jacek Tchorzewski, 18 (17.11.00), a Polish national staying in Buckinghamshire, was handed the sentence for 10 counts of possession of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to section 58, on Friday, 20 September at the Old Bailey.

He pleaded guilty to the offences at the same court on Friday, 21 June.

The sentencing is the culmination of an intelligence-led, joint operation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and the Eastern Region Specialist Operation Unit Counter Terrorism Policing (ERSOU CTP).

Officers from the ERSOU CTP stopped Tchorzewski at Luton Airport on Wednesday, 20 February before he could board a flight to Poland.

Using powers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, they searched him and seized his mobile phone. Examination of this phone revealed Tchorzewski had saved a number of documents that were in breach of the Terrorism Act 2000, and so detectives arrested him on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Digital forensic experts from ERSOU CTP further examined Tchorzewski’s phone and unearthed a wider cache of terrorist documents and guidance on developing viable bombs and guns.

Subsequently, on Sunday, 14 April, detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, supported by ERSOU CTP, further arrested Tchorzewski on suspicion of more terrorism offences.

The forensic specialists also found Tchorzewski had downloaded an array of extreme right-wing material which praised Hitler, neo-Nazism and Satanism. The documents featured anti-Semitic sentiments and even called for genocide.

It was also apparent that Tchorzewski was a close associate of Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, who had been convicted of terrorism offences months earlier after police in Counter Terrorism Policing North East identified he had been encouraging terrorism on a neo-Nazi group’s social media account.

Tchorzewski’s phone contained a number of pictures of him and Dunn-Koczorowski posing with a Nazi flag and giving Nazi salutes.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Tchorzewski’s obsession with neo-Nazism, terrorism and weaponry was not harmless curiosity. It was clear from the sheer quantity of terrorist material and neo-Nazi propaganda on Tchorzewski’s devices, and his friendship with Dunn-Koczorowski, that his mindset was one of violence and hatred towards communities other than his own.

“The guides Tchorzewski had collected would provide someone, with the right materials, sufficient guidance to make viable explosives and firearms, capable of causing death or serious injury.

“This case is a reminder that police are working with determination to stop terrorists whatever their toxic ideology. Extreme right-wing cases like this one increasingly contribute to the overall number of counter terrorism investigations nationally and we are seeing more people of extreme right-wing mindset referred to Prevent.

“I urge anyone with concerns that an individual may be involved in extreme right-wing activity to report their concerns to police.”

Anyone with such concerns can report it online at http://www.gov.uk/act or by calling police confidentially on the free phone number 0800 789 321.

Detective Superintendent Ian Butler, head of the ERSOU CTP, said: “This is an excellent example of the wider CT network working together to mitigate the threat of extreme ideology, and clearly demonstrates that Eastern Region ports are a hostile environment for extremists seeking travel.”
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