A 16-year-old boy set up an extremist right-wing group including a member who plotted a terrorism attack, it can now be revealed.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the teenager ran “The British Hand” from 5 August last year when he was 14 on the encrypted Telegram app.

One group member, Matthew Cronjager, from Essex, was convicted of planning terrorist acts on 3 September.

The cases can now be linked after reporting restrictions were lifted.

The teenager, from south Derbyshire, vetted others in private chat groups where they talked about “doing something” against ethnic minorities and discussed weapons, the court heard.

In one post, he wrote in capital letters: “I am planning an attack against the Dover coast where every Muslim and refugee has been given safety if you’re interested tell me now.”

He was given a two-year youth referral order on Thursday.
‘Entrenched views’

The teenager, who has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, pleaded guilty in June to disseminating a terrorist publication called the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000, disseminating a terrorist publication, and encouraging terrorism.

He downloaded a video of the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand, and also has previous convictions for hate crimes, including threatening to blow up a mosque in January 2020.

Chief magistrate Paul Goldspring said the boy – who also received a three-year criminal behaviour order – had shown “seemingly entrenched views”.

Mr Goldspring said the facts of the case “give rise to genuine concerns” about the boy, but added a short custodial sentence would “serve little or no purpose”.

“I can’t emphasise how close you came to a further period of custody,” he said. “Until last night I was going to do so.

“I changed my sentencing reasons at about 11pm last night – that is how close you came.”

Teenage neo-Nazi Matthew Cronjager is facing a jail sentence in “double figures”, the court heard

The boy’s case is connected to the conviction of 18-year-old Cronjager, who was found guilty at the Old Bailey last week.

The court heard he wanted to shoot an Asian friend over boasts that he slept with “white chicks”.

He tried to get hold of a 3D printed gun or a sawn-off shotgun to kill his teenage target, whom he likened to a “cockroach”.

Prosecutor Alistair Richardson said Cronjager is facing a sentence in “double figures” after his conviction for preparing acts of terrorism, and disseminating terrorist publications on Telegram.

Another 16-year-old boy from Kent, who was a member of the Telegram chat group, admitted disseminating a terrorist publication called the White Resistance Manual by sending an electronic link in August which allowed others to access it.

He was handed a 12-month youth referral order by Mr Goldspring, who said he did not want to interrupt his education.

“You have a bright future, I have seen your GCSE results,” he said.

“You didn’t encourage anyone to carry out acts of terrorism and there is no evidence you planned to do so. You had a subordinate role to (the other boy).”

BBC News

An aristocrat convicted yesterday of an antisemitic attack is closely associated with a conspiracy theorist who believes the world is controlled by alien serpents.

Piers Portman, left, at court with Matthew Delooze, who believes in a serpent cult

Piers Portman, 50, whose father is the 9th Viscount Portman, called the head of an antisemitism campaign “Jewish scum” in a confrontation after the sentencing of a Holocaust denier.

He had admitted telling the campaigner he was being persecuted by “Jewish tyrants posing as victims” and was convicted at Southwark crown court yesterday of religiously aggravated harassment.

The former society figure was accompanied at his trial by Matthew Delooze, an author who believes reptilian aliens secretly rule the world using human puppets including the royal family and celebrities.

Relatives and friends of the scion of the Portman family, whose £2 billion property empire dates back to a gift from Henry VIII, have become increasingly concerned about his behaviour since he met Delooze, 62.

Portman, who has described having a £300 million stake in the family trust and an income of £80,000 a month, helped Delooze set up a company to publish his theories of the “serpent cult” and paid for his home.

Portman’s privileged upbringing and education at Harrow is in stark contrast to Delooze, who has said he grew up in Burnley, Lancashire.

Delooze claims that as a six-year-old he was taken in a spacecraft by a beautiful woman who told him he would save the world. He was placed in care and later sentenced to borstal before becoming a factory worker. The author has described having an “epiphany” about a serpent cult in 1998 while preparing to kill himself.

Portman is one of four sons of the 9th Viscount’s second marriage. He married Lucy Thompson at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington, west London, in 1995. Thompson, then 22, is the only daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Christopher Thompson, 56, equerry to Prince Michael of Kent. Their daughter, Willow, was the first female born into the Portman family in 39 years.

After the marriage ended, Portman married the PR supremo Tracy Brower, who is Jewish, in 2004. Their marriage crumbled as Portman made a number of visits to Brazil, where he took a hallucinogenic drug and began sending letters to newspapers and prominent people stating he was being persecuted.

Soon after their introduction, Delooze had been invited by Portman to join him at an “ayahuasca workshop” held at an eco-lodge resort in Bahia, northeast Brazil. Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic traditionally used by shamans in the Amazon. Delooze recorded how the drug confirmed that the world was an illusion created “by a very deceptive force, and we live lives that the hijackers want us to live”.

In a letter denouncing the Royal Courts of Justice, he had suggested the Talmud, a Jewish legal text, was discriminatory against gentiles and “goys” [non-Jews].

Portman wrote to Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, in January 2018 claiming that his own wife and her divorce lawyer, Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia, who is also Jewish, were “greedy, grasping, thieving and lying criminal manipulator[s] of the system”.

Five months later he approached Falter after the sentencing of Alison Chabloz-Tyrer, a notorious antisemite and Holocaust denier. He denied calling Falter “Jewish scum”, saying: “I am an honourable British man who was brought up to show respect to a fellow human.”

Judge Gregory Perrins said all sentencing options including custody would be considered when Portman returns to court on October 22.

The Times

If he doesn’t obey the judge he will go to jail

A young Nazi sympathizer who downloaded bomb-making instructions has been sentenced to read classic novels including Pride and Prejudice instead.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC told Ben John, 21, he could stay out of prison as long as he steered clear of white-supremacy literature and and read books and plays by Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens.

The former De Montfort University student will have to return to court every four months to be tested on his reading by the judge after avoiding jail “by the skin of his teeth”.

John had first been identified as a terror risk days after his 18th birthday and was referred to the Prevent programme but carried on downloading “repellant” right-wing documents as well as a manual which contained bomb-making instructions.

He also read about the Nazis and wrote a letter raging against gay people, immigrants and liberals.

On August 11 this year he was found guilty by a jury of possessing information likely to be useful for preparing an act of terror. The court heard the conviction had a maximum jail sentence of 15 years.

But Judge Spencer concluded his crime was likely to be “an act of teenage folly” and an isolated incident.

He told John at the sentencing hearing today: “You are a lonely individual with few if any true friends.”

He added John was “highly susceptible” to recruitment by others more prone to action but said: “I am not of the view that harm was likely to have been caused.”

He made John promise him not to research any more right-wing materials.

The judge asked John: “Do you promise me that?”

John replied: “I promise.”

The judge then asked him: “Have you read Dickens? Austen? Start with Pride and Prejudice and Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

“Think about Hardy. Think about Trollope.

“On January 4 you will tell me what you have read and I will test you on it.

“I will test you and if I think you are [lying to] me you will suffer.

“I will be watching you, Ben John, every step of the way. If you let me down you know what will happen.”

He then told John’s barrister, Harry Bentley: “He has by the skin of his teeth avoided imprisonment.”

John was given a two-year jail sentence suspended for two years plus a further year on licence, monitored by the probation service.

He was also given a five-year Serious Crime Prevention Order requiring him to stay in touch with the police and let them monitor his online activity and up to 30 days on a Healthy Identity Intervention programme.

Earlier in the sentencing hearing Ben Lloyd, prosecuting, told the court John had failed to respond to warnings in the past.

In January 2018 he had come to the attention of the authorities for his extreme views and had meetings with Prevent officers, which aims to de-radicalise young people at risk of extremism.

But in May 2018 John, who is from Lincoln, wrote a letter to his school claiming to be part of “The Lincoln Fascist Underground”, with a tirade against gay people and immigrants, which led to more intensive intervention by Prevent and psychiatric evaluation.

That did not stop him and in April 2019 he copied more than 9,000 right-wing and terror-related documents onto the hard drive of his computer, adding another 2,600 a few months later in August 2019.

Those documents were only discovered in January 2020 after John’s student accommodation in Saxby Street, Highfields, Leicester, was raided by police.

They included seven documents that the judge described as being “many, many viable instructions on how to make devastating explosions”.

Lincolnshire Police had to carry out a forensic examination of his hard drives because they had been wiped by John, of Addison Drive, Lincoln, a month before the raid.

The documents included “a worrying amount of right-wing literature and imagery”.

Judge Spencer said: “It is repellent, this content, to any right-thinking person.

“This material is largely relating to Nazi, fascist and Adolf Hitler-inspired ideology.

“But there was also a substantial quantity of more contemporary material espousing extreme right-wing, white-supremacist material.

“You suggested at trial it was mere academic fascination – I reject that. My view is that to a significant degree you have aligned with these ideologies and to a significant degree have adopted the views expressed as your own.

The bomb-making literature was examined by British military experts at Porton Down near Salisbury and seven of the documents had accurate guides to making firearms, ammunition and explosive devices.

But Mr Bentley, representing John, argued that his client was “very young” and “not likely to cause harm”.

He said that despite still having the documents on his computer throughout 2019 he had been “engaging well” with Prevent team officers at that time. Mr Bentley said the whole case again John was “really about not deleting items on a computer”, which the judge described as an “over-simplification” of the case.

Mr Bentley said: “Violence is the necessary ingredient of terrorism. It is not the prosecution case he was planning a terrorist attack.

“He was fascinated by extreme right-wing views and shared those views himself.

“He was a young man who struggled with emotions, however he is plainly an intelligent young man and now has a greater insight.

“He is by no means a lost cause and is capable of living a normal, pro-social life.”

At the end of the hearing, the judge commended all the officers who worked on the case.

Commenting on the sentence, Counter Terrorism Policing East Midlands Detective Inspector James Manning, who led the investigation, said: “This was a young man who could be anyone’s son, studying at university, and living one life in public, while conducting another in private.

“He possessed a wealth of National Socialist and anti-Semitic material which indicated a fascination and belief in a white supremacist ideology along with support for an extreme satanic group which is increasingly of concern for law enforcement agencies.

“The terrorist material he was found in possession of is extremely dangerous, and he acquired this to further his ideology.

“It indicates the threat that he and other followers of this hateful ideology pose to national security.

“It was not light reading, or material most would concern themselves with for legitimate reasons. This has been a long and complex investigation over the course of 11 months.”

De Montfort University confirmed John was a criminology student when he was arrested but had been suspended with immediate effect on his arrest.

Leicester Mercury

Matthew Cronjager, 18, arrested after unknowingly communicating with undercover police officer

A “fascist” teenager attempted to make a 3D gun and drew up plans for a storage bunker as part of a far-right terror plot, a court has heard.

Matthew Cronjager, 18, is accused of preparing acts of terrorism and running a social media channel that encouraged attacks.

He denies the charges but on the first day of his trial on Tuesday, he admitted four separate offences of possessing information useful to a terrorist.

Prosecutor Alistair Richardson told the Old Bailey that Mr Cronjager held “fascist beliefs” and hated Jews, Muslims, non-white people and the LGBT+ community.

“He wanted to bring about his own revolution, based on his own racist ideology,” Mr Richardson told jurors.

“To that end, he sought to produce a firearm using a 3D printer, he made plans for storage of firearms in preparation for his violent acts, and he provided instructions and funds to others in order to secure the manufacture of a firearm.”

The court heard that Mr Cronjager was unknowingly communicating with an undercover police officer, and was arrested in December.

Mr Richardson said that examinations of the defendant’s iPhone, laptop and USB devices showed that he had been “obtaining manuals to help him prepare” and had downloaded a large volume of extreme right-wing propaganda.

Material found on his devices including the footage of the Christchurch mosque shootings, where Brenton Tarrant murdered 51 Muslim victims in March 2019.

Mr Cronjager also possessed material containing instructions to create improvised explosives, incendiary devices, homemade guns, ammunition and silencers.

The jury was shown a video downloaded in September 2019, which showed ammunition being loaded and had subtitles saying the “tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”.

“When it’s all said and done you will be asked what you did in this time of peril. You’ll be able to rejoice that you did it for them, the future of our race,” the subtitles continue. “We will not sit idly by while we are dismantled and replaced.”

Mr Richardson said the material found “clearly demonstrated the defendant’s support for the extreme right-wing cause, and his commitment to violence to bring about his ideology”.

“In furtherance of his cause, he set up an online library where he and those of a like mind could store their propaganda and their terrorist manuals,” he added.

The alleged library was a channel on the encrypted Telegram messaging application, which the court heard “provided a service to others” that enabled them to obtain terrorist documents and encouraged attacks.

Mr Cronjager, of Ingatestone in Essex, denies preparing acts of terrorism and disseminating terrorist publications. The trial continues.

The Independent

Nazi-supporting Jason Dickeson targeted Muslims, Jews, Roman Catholics and Mexicans in a vile rant

A racist who hurled abuse at a Sikh schoolboy and assaulted the youngster’s friend has been jailed for 20 months.

Nazi-supporting Jason Dickeson targeted Muslims, Jews, Roman Catholics and Mexicans in a vile rant.

His behaviour left school pupils in East Kilbride “absolutely terrified,” Hamilton Sheriff Court heard this week.

Dickeson, 48, of Catacol Grove, East Kilbride, admitted assaulting a 15-year-old boy in Westwood Square on October 2, 2019.

He also admitted threatening or abusive behaviour aggravated by religious and racial prejudice.

Neil Thomson, prosecuting, said Dickeson, who had been drinking, confronted a group of three boys as they went to shops at lunchtime.

Earlier a woman had overheard him making comments, including reference to Nazis, and was so upset she hurried home and contacted the police.

Mr Thomson told the court: “The accused directed his attention at a 15-year-old Sikh boy, shouting ‘F**k Mohammed and f**k Sikhism’.

“The boy was upset and turned back towards his school.

“Dickeson followed him and his friends, swinging a walking stick above his head and brandishing a bottle.

“This caused concern to other school pupils and members of the public who moved away from the area.

“Dickeson continued to follow the three boys and struck one of them with the stick, causing a laceration to his scalp.

“The boys then ran back to their school. In statements later, they said they were absolutely terrified by the accused’s behaviour.”

Mr Thomson said police officers arrived to find Dickeson shouting phrases including ‘Sieg Heil’, ‘Fenian b****rds’, ‘I’ll gas you Jews’ and ‘Build the wall’.

Defence agent Jackson Bateman claimed Dickeson was hurt in a scuffle with other youngsters earlier and needed hospital treatment.

The solicitor added: “He has an alcohol problem and fell off the wagon so to speak when he was made redundant from his job as a lab technician the month before this incident.

“He went through a mental health crisis.”

Mr Bateman said Dickeson lives alone but has a son with whom he has contact.

He has taken steps to address his drink problem and Mr Bateman suggested “on a margin” he could be spared prison.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen told Dickeson: “I dare say you are not the first person with an alcohol problem to be made redundant.

“You are a mature individual and are responsible for your actions.

“You chose to get intoxicated to the extent that you made shockingly offensive racist remarks that terrified schoolchildren.

“You then perpetrated an entirely unprovoked assault on a schoolboy.

“It was absolutely disgraceful behaviour.”

Two years ago Dickeson was electronically tagged for making Nazi salutes in East Kilbride town centre.

Last year he was given a community payback order after he was spotted scrawling swastikas on the road outside his home.

He told neighbours they were “not welcome in my community” and threatened to burn down their homes.

Dickeson also claimed to be a pal of right wing extremist Tommy Robinson.

Daily Record

Alison Chabloz-Tyrer tried to appeal conviction for making offensive comments
She was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail in April but this has now risen to 32 weeks
Anti-Semitic blogger, 57, stated the Holocaust is used as an ‘eternal cash cow’
Musician previously shared song which described Auschwitz as a ‘theme park’

An anti-Semitic campaigner who once compared Auschwitz to a ‘theme park’ saw her jail sentence increased to 32 weeks after she lost her appeal.

Alison Chabloz-Tyrer, 57, was convicted of using ‘grossly offensive terminology’ on a US podcast and had been handed a suspended prison sentence in May 2018.

Chabloz-Tyrer then denied but was convicted of sending further grossly offensive comments on a public communications network at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

She was sentenced to 18 weeks jail in April this year and appealed against her conviction at Southwark Crown Court.

On losing her appeal, the 57-year-old has had her sentence increased from 18 weeks to 32 weeks after a judge activated part of the suspended prison sentence for prior offences.

The blogger stated that the Holocaust is used as an ‘eternal cash cow,’ and that Hitler wanted the Jews out of Europe for behaving ‘in a certain fashion as we’re seeing again today’.

She asserted that the gas chambers were not ‘homicidal,’ but used ‘to save lives from typhus epidemics’.

Chabloz-Tyrer added that Jews who ‘don’t conform,’ should be deported.

She had made six ‘grossly offensive’ comments on far-right podcast ‘Realist Radio’ and ‘The Graham Hart Show’.

She also linked to the latter podcast on her account on Gab, a social media platform popular with extremists.

Chabloz-Tyrer was convicted of three charges for posting offensive songs about the Holocaust and handed a suspended jail sentence in May 2018.

In the songs, the music teacher who refers to herself a ‘historical revisionist’, sings: ‘Did the Holocaust ever happen? ‘Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intend to pull the wool over our eyes.’

She said Auschwitz is ‘a theme park just for fools’ and ‘the gassing zone, a proven hoax, indoctrination rules.’

The holocaust denier had also appealed against those original convictions – but a judge upheld them at Southwark Crown Court in February 2019.

Chabloz-Tyrer has since breached her suspended sentence by ranting anti-Semitic comments as she telephoned in twice as a guest to anti-Semitic far-right podcasts, Realist Report and The Graham Hart Show.

The musician claimed in the podcasts that Jewish parents are ‘indoctrinating their children that their grandparents were gassed because they were Jews’, turning the children into ‘psychopathic maniacs’, the court heard.

She also claimed the Auschwitz gas chambers were fake, and that Jews ‘were promoting homosexuality, promiscuity, the same things they are promoting today.’

Chabloz-Tyrer, of Boundary Rd, St Johns Wood, lost her appeal against conviction of three counts of sending by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material.

Judge Martin Beddoe, sitting with magistrates, upheld her latest conviction and reimposed part of the suspended sentence she breached, making the total to 32 months.

He dismissed Chabloz-Tyrer’s earlier comments that hate crime do not generate violence, adding that the court’s experience was this was ‘that they very much do’.

‘In your case there is no material mitigation that can be found.

‘That you lost your job in 2014 and have since become the subject of Internet trolling seems to be very clearly the consequences of your auctions.

‘It can’t surprise you that your perverse or offensive views are likely to provoke anger.

‘Stop expressing them in public and the trolling is likely to abate,’ said the judge.

‘There is a balance between reasonable comment and grossly offensive.

‘You know where that line is, and you certainly know that now.’

Dressed in a navy suit, a defiant Chabloz-Tyrer told the judge ‘I hope to have a jury trial next time’ as she was led down to the cells.

Chabloz-Tyrer had been banned from broadcasting, posting on the internet or in any form, any reference to Judaism, the Jewish faith, the Jewish people, the Holocaust, World War two, Israel, or any member of the Nazi party.

She was sentenced to 32 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £1,800 in costs.

Earlier this month Graham Hart was jailed for 32 months and banned from broadcasting for ten years for spreading racial hatred in his internet show.

Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: ‘Six years ago, we watched in horror as Alison Chabloz made liberal use of social media to abuse and harass the descendants of Holocaust victims, accuse Jews of endorsing paedophilia and murdering Christian children and bait rabbis with tweets that exonerated Hitler.

‘We decided then that, however long it took and whatever obstacles were put in our way, we would ensure that British Jews were protected against her virulent antisemitism.

‘With this enhanced custodial sentence that draws together her numerous convictions, she is now reaping the rewards of her own hateful behaviour.

‘Jew haters like Ms Chabloz and the recently-convicted radio host Graham Hart now know that we will not rest in our defence of the Jewish community. Others with similar views should take note.’

Daily Mail

A former Sunday league manager whose racist outburst on social media sparked fears of violent reprisals has been locked up.

Sheffield United fan Jake Henderson posted the 50-second tirade on Snapchat after watching a Covid-19 briefing led by home secretary Priti Patel, on January 21, a court heard.

The 30-year-old, of Retford, made a number of unpublishable racial insults and added: “As a white man I won’t be listening to people of colour because they’re no good in positions of power.”

Prosecutor Dan Church said Henderson deleted the video after only ten minutes, but his childhood friend, Robert Cumming, reposted it, along with the line: “Haters gonna be hating” and four laughing emojis.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard Henderson has about 200 Snapchat followers, and 26-year-old Cumming, of Edlington, Doncaster, believed only 70 people saw his re-post.

The video was uploaded by a third party to Twitter, where it went viral. Some of Henderson’s social media comments – in which he bragged about being banned from Facebook for racism – were also collected and re-posted by a third party.

A Rotherham Borough councillor said: “The comments are very extreme and were not made in a joking manner. They were not off-hand racist comments – it was an ideological view.”

An English Defence League (EDL) hoodie was found in his property, and Henderson admitted attending one rally, but said he was no longer affiliated with the far-right organisation, and denied he was a white supremacist.

The court heard he has previous convictions for assault from 2012, and was convicted of threatening to fire-bomb a taxi company, in March 2015.

Rebecca Penfold, for Henderson, said. “He was having a difficult time at work and he found lockdown particularly difficult.

“In drink, he made a horrid video. He is exceptionally sorry for what he has done. He sent it to a closed group and then it went viral.”

She said that since the offence, Henderson has received death threats, his parents have needed police protection and he became suicidal. He lost his job, his relationship ended and he was forced to sell his home.

“His entire life crumbled away,” said Ms Penfold. “He has effectively become a hermit.”

She said that his friendship with Cumming also ended and he has lost his coaching role at a local Sunday league football team.

Ms Penfold said Henderson is now assisting Scotland Yard with information about far-right terrorism and intends to emigrate to France.

Lesley Pidock, for Cumming, said his behaviour was abhorrent, but he didn’t make the video and only shared it to a private group.

“He has no underlying beliefs and there is no evidence to suggest he does,” she said.

Henderson and Cumming both admitted sending a grossly offensive message by a public communication network which was racially-aggravated, and Henderson also admitted possession of cannabis, when they appeared in court, on June 29.

On Thursday, District Judge Andrew Meachin sentenced Henderson to 10 weeks in prison and Cumming to six weeks. They must both pay a £128 surcharge on their release.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The recording and subsequent sharing of this video exposed both these men as vile racists. Their disgraceful acts have caused considerable distress to many people and have rightly led to criminal convictions.

Sheffield Star

Ben John, 21, who is awaiting sentence, was said to have “white supremacist and neo-Nazi ideology”

Ben John leaving Leicester Crown Court. (Image: Leicester Mercury / Chris Gordon)

A right-wing extremist student was caught with terrorist instructional material following an 11 month police Special Branch investigation.

Ben John, 21, was convicted of one count of possessing a document that could be useful to terrorists at Leicester Crown Court today.

After the unanimous verdict, Lincolnshire Police issued a statement reporting how a hard drive in John’s possession contained the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000 – a radical publication originally circulated in the 1970’s containing diagrams and instructions on how to construct various explosive devices.

It is illegal to knowingly possess such material.

John, of Addison Drive, Lincoln, was a Criminology student at Leicester’s De Montfort University when he was arrested.

Computer devices were seized from his then flat in Saxby Street, Highfields, Leicester, and his computer devices seized, in January last year.

He has now been remanded into custody to await sentencing on August 31.

He was found not guilty of six similar charges, all of which he denied.

The police statement described John as having “white supremist and neo-Nazi ideology,” saying he had become part of the Extreme Right Wing (XRW) online.

The statement added: “John had a wealth of white supremist and anti-Semitic material, as well as material related to the Satanist organisation called the Order of Nine Angles (ONA), which is increasingly under the focus of law enforcement.

“The Extreme Right Wing (XRW) is the term for activists who commit criminal activity motivated by a political or cultural view point encompassing racism, extreme nationalism, fascism and Neo Nazism.

“He first came to attention of Prevent officers in May 2018 after penning a letter titled ‘Eternal Front – Lincolnshire Fascist Underground’.

“He was arrested as part of a pre-planned operation carried out by force Special Branch officers from Counter Terrorism Policing East Midlands (CTP EM) on 7 January 2020.

“An 11 month investigation by Lincolnshire Police’s Special Branch, with assistance from the national counter terrorism network, led to him being charged in November 2020.”

The jury was told, during the trial, there was no suggestion that John was planning to act on the terror-related information, or do anything criminal with it – or he would have been charged with a more serious offence.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC commended the investigation, saying that he was “highly impressed”, and said the officers who conducted it are a “credit to their force”.

He added that he considered the defendant to be “a risk” to others.

The police statement continued: ” If someone has revealed to you a plan to harm others, or you know they hold information which could be used to plan or prepare for an act of terrorism, it is vital you report it as soon as possible. Suspicious activity can be reported to the police by calling confidentially on 0800 789 321 or visit act.campaign.gov.uk.”

A spokesperson for DMU said: “Ben John was a student at DMU from October 2019.

“As soon as we were made aware of his arrest in January 2020, he was suspended with immediate effect and remained suspended throughout the police investigation and subsequent trial.

“Now we have received the verdict we will conclude our disciplinary process.”

Leicester Mercury

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.
BBC News

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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