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Stuart Sutton has been jailed

A racist has been jailed after making several anti-Semitic posts on social media.

Stuart Sutton, 45, of Wigan, was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday December 21) after being convicted of five counts of publishing or distributing written material likely to stir up racial hatred, contrary to Section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986. It followed an eight-month period in 2021 when he made a number of vile posts.

Sutton was caught following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North West (CTPNW). Officers raided his home in Broadway, Hindley, on February 2 of this year and he was arrested.

He has now been jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to the crimes. Amanda Bomsztyk, Northern Regional Director of the Community Security Trust (CST), said: “CST welcomes this outcome which follows our alerting CTPNW to Sutton’s incitement just over a year ago. It is important that such extreme Jew-hatred and racism leads to arrest and imprisonment.”

Detective Superintendent Andy Meeks, of the CTPNW Investigation Department, added: “We would always encourage people to report acts of racial hatred, whether that’s in person or online . ” To report a crime of this nature, visit the Counter Terrorism Police’s ACT campaign website.

Manchester Evening News

Scott Mason has “extreme right-wing, racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views”, police say

An extremist who possessed instructions on how to make bombs and prepare acts of terrorism has been jailed.

Counter-terror police were alerted to Scott Mason’s “racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views” in October 2021.

Mason, 36, of Rainhill in Merseyside, was found with a document relating to a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook, as well as extreme pornographic images.

He admitted possessing information useful to a terrorist and was jailed at Manchester Crown Court for three years.

The charge related to him having an electronic copy of the banned Anarchist Cookbook on his phone.

Mason also admitted possession of extreme pornography.

His “extreme right-wing” views were alerted to counter-terror police after an incident surrounding reports of a domestic assault in 2021.

A banned push-dagger was also found during a search of Mason’s Elgin Court home.

He admitted owning the weapon in January and was jailed by magistrates for three months.

Mason admitted the two other charges in April and was sentenced on Thursday.

Det Supt William Chatterton, of Counter Terrorism Policing North West, said the sentencing of Mason “reaffirms our commitment to making sure those who pose a risk to our society will be pursued and prosecuted”.

BBC News

Alison Chabloz has previously been locked up for saying ‘Hitler was right’

Alison Chabloz has several convictions for making anti-Semitic comments

A woman has been jailed for changing an Oliver Twist song to include “grossly offensive” lyrics aimed at the Jewish religion. Alison Chabloz, who has previously been jailed for saying ‘Hitler was right’ in her blog posts, had rewritten the words of the well-known song ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’ and posted the video online.

The 58-year-old podcast presenter from St John’s Wood had sung the words “You’ve got to shift a shackle or two”, which was in breach of a previous suspended sentence. Chabloz has a number of previous convictions for sending grossly offensive comments, after making anti-Semitic remarks on a US podcast which she promoted on a far-right social media website called Gab.

She had claimed that the song had been written from the perspective of Tommy Robinson, but this explanation was dismissed by the judge. It was noted that she had a history of displaying “hostility towards a religious group” after she was jailed last April for similar offences.

In 2018, she was handed a suspended sentence which was confirmed on appeal in 2019, after she sang songs calling the Holocaust “a bunch of lies” and referred to Auschwitz as a “theme park”. The former music teacher was convicted of three charges for posting offensive songs about the Holocaust, where she sang: “Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intent to pull the wool over our eyes.”

She had claimed in her podcasts that Jewish parents were “indoctrinating their children that their grandparents were gassed because they were Jews”, which had turned their children into “maniacs”.

She returned for sentencing at Westminster Magistrates Court in April 2021 after she was found guilty of making six grossly offensive comments on the podcasts ‘The Graham Hart Show’ and ‘Realist Radio’. She argued that the Holocaust was used as an “eternal cash cow” and stated that Jews who did not confrom should be deported.

Chabloz, originally from Derbyshire, had also asserted that the gas chambers were not “homicidal” but had been used to save lives from “typhus epidemics”. Speaking in her defence, Adrian Davies said that her comments and past history had rendered her unemployable.

Sentencing her to 22 weeks in prison, District Judge Nina Tempia said: “My view is that you’d spent time and consideration on how to change the words to make it offensive. The offence is aggravated by hostility towards a religious group and I have to take into account your previous convictions for these kinds of offences.”

When asked if Chabloz could remain on bail pending an appeal hearing, the judge responded: “I’ve made my decision. This matter is so serious that only a custodial sentence is warranted.”

My London

Matthew Henegan was described as “potentially a very dangerous man”

A coronavirus conspiracist who distributed anti-Semitic hoax theories has been given an extended jail sentence of more than 12 years.

Matthew Henegan, 37, from St Neots in Cambridgeshire, was found guilty of possessing, distributing and publishing documents to stir up racial hatred.

A pre-sentence report said he was “potentially a very dangerous man”.

Sentencing at Winchester Crown Court, Judge Nigel Lickley QC, said Henegan “created racist material”.

In leaflets and online posts made in March 2020, Henegan claimed Jewish people were behind Covid-19 news stories and “controlled the media”, the court heard.

Residents reported receiving “offensive and anti-Semitic” leaflets through their letter boxes.

These included links to video and audio files posted by Henegan on a website which were racially inflammatory.

Cambridgeshire Police searched his home on 17 April 2020 and found a large number of leaflets.

Swastika armband

The court heard a document called Coronavirus Hoax Supplement was posted online on 9 March 2020 which included anti-Semitic themes and admiration for Adolf Hitler.

In a three-hour-long video called Corona Virus Hoax, tagged with the words Corona Virus, Adolph Hitler (sic), Nazi, Jews and Mein Kampf, Henegan spoke to the camera telling people to ignore the coronavirus curfew.

Following his arrest, he described Jewish people as “a bunch of criminals” and claimed Hitler was “clearly a righteous person”, the court was told.

The defendant, who was unemployed and lived with his mother, was ordered to remove a swastika armband during a previous hearing.

He told his trial that he was interested in historical research, particularly Germany’s role in World War Two.

He rejected the “commonly held view” that Hitler began the war, and also that six million Jewish people died at the hands of Nazis.

‘Manipulative and devious’

A pre-sentence report found that he was a “loner, [a] potential threat to society and potentially a very dangerous man”.

Henegan, who refused to attend the sentencing hearing, was jailed for eight years and one month with an extended licence period of four years upon his release.

He was also made subject to a counter-terrorism notification order for 30 years.

The judge said Henegan had previously undergone a mental health assessment after he shot himself with a gun, and he was found to be “dangerous, cunning, manipulative and devious”.

He added that “in the context of the pandemic enveloping the world, you distributed material designed to incite racial hatred”.

The court heard Henegan had previous convictions for inciting a child under the age of 16 to partake in sexual activity, as well as receiving a caution in 2021 for possession of the drug ecstasy, and reprimands in 2001 for assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

BBC News

A Neo-Nazi teenager who sent a bomb manual disguised as a Minecraft video game guide to fellow extremists has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Connor Burke, 19, had books on Nazis and Hitler’s Third Reich in his bedroom, an SS dagger, racist and anti-Semitic propaganda on his computer, and hate-filled material including a video about the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.

Anti-terror police raided his family home in Bexleyheath in February last year, after Burke shared a 27-page bomb-making manual with fellow extremists on a Telegram chat group.

The electronic document was named Minecraft_Bow_Ammo_Types.pdf in an apparent attempt to disguise its true nature.

Further terrorist documents, including the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000, which gave recipes and advice for making explosives, had also been downloaded by Burke and disguised as handbooks to the popular video game Minecraft.

Burke’s barrister, Naeem Mian QC, said the teenager’s “mortified” parents were at Woolwich crown court for the sentencing hearing, and believe he “fell down a rabbit hole” online during lockdown.

“It is every parent’s worst nightmare”, he said. “Through a toxic combination coming together, a young man who is from a very loving background but socially isolated found he was having to stay at home as many people were during lockdown. So the isolation was even greater.

“He was therefore spending too much time on his computer and on the internet, in his room by himself.

“He is a young man who has disappeared down something one would term as a rabbit hole. A very dark rabbit hole which became something of an echo chamber.”

Mr Mian said Burke found a “sense of belonging” in the far right chatrooms and messaging apps, where “what he had to say mattered”.

The court heard Burke downloaded the extremist files between September and December 2020.

He was a member of a Telegram “English Only” group, and had posted a list of the names of fellow university students in September 2020 with the comment “my lectures are full of P***s”.

The following month he shared the bomb manual Minecraft file.

Judge Christopher Kinch QC said material of Burke’s computer, including an image of the teen posing with an imitation rifle, Nazi salutes, and a picture of his dagger nicknamed “Jew Smiter”, showed his extremist mindset.

“You got yourself caught up in some very dangerous activity and you waded in deep”, he said.

The judge noted a letter from the teenager’s parents, calling him a “loving, respectful, gentle young man” who they believe had been motivated to “make an impression” with people he met online, and said he believes Burke has a good chance of rehabilitation.

Burke pleaded guilty to disseminating a terrorist publication and four counts of possession of a document likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He will be on licence for an extra year at the end of his three-and-a-half year sentence.

Evening Standard

A schoolboy who created his own online neo-Nazi group has been sentenced after admitting terrorism offences.

The 16-year-old, from Newcastle, called himself Hitler and set up accounts on multiple social media platforms which glorified extreme right-wing violence.

He had pleaded guilty to four counts of inviting support for National Action, a banned neo-Nazi organisation.

At North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court he was given a 12-month intensive referral order.

The youth had also admitted three counts of encouraging terrorism and four of stirring up racial and religious hatred.

He was further made the subject of terrorism notification requirements for 10 years, meaning he will have to keep the authorities informed of his whereabouts and activities.

After first being arrested in October 2019 he continued to post racist material.

The boy committed his first terrorism offence aged 15, making him the third youngest person in the UK to commit a terror offence.

‘Glorified murder’

National Action was banned in 2016 under counter terror laws, making it illegal to be a member of the organisation or invite support for it.

The BBC is not naming the small group created by the youth.

A manifesto said the group’s aim was to turn Britain into a white ethno-state free of Jewish influence by any means necessary.

Hiding behind an online alias, the boy created his own anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim propaganda. He also posted National Action images.

On the Gab social media site he glorified the murder of the MP Jo Cox by a neo-Nazi, as well as the far-right killer responsible for the deadly Finsbury Park attack in June 2017.

He created stickers bearing his group’s logo which he plastered in his local area.

A pre-sentence expert report said the autistic teenager probably had “only an approximate understanding of the words and concepts deployed” and it is “likely that he did not see the wider ramifications of his activities, now seamlessly replaced apparently by interests such as Dad’s Army”.

BBC News

A far-right extremist who was engulfed in a ball of flames when he set fire to an historic synagogue on a day commemorating the Holocaust has been locked up in hospital indefinitely.

Hospital X-Ray technician and self-styled folk singer Tristan Morgan, 52, was spotted walking away carrying a petrol can and laughing as smoke spewed from the 18th Century synagogue in Exeter on July 21 last year.

Afterwards, CCTV was recovered showing Morgan being burned as he set light to the synagogue through a smashed window.

The defendant, from Exeter in Devon, admitted arson with intent to endanger life, encouraging terrorism by publishing a song entitled “White Man” to live-streaming website Soundcloud, and having a copy of the White Resistance Manual.

The court heard he was psychotic at the time of the arson attack but had no previous history of violence.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC handed Morgan a hospital order without limit of time, saying most people would feel “anger and revulsion” for what he did.

Tristan Morgan, 52, was engulfed in a ball of flames when he set fire to an historic synagogue. Credit: PA/Devon and Cornwall Police

Outlining the facts, prosecutor Alistair Richardson said Morgan has “deep-rooted anti-Semitic belief, embodied in a desire to do harm to the Jewish community and an obsession with abhorrent anti-Semitic material”.

Morgan made songs “exhorting others to violence” against the Jewish community and had an array of material which “revelled in the degenerate views of Nazi Germany and white supremacists”, Mr Richardson said.

On the evening of Saturday July 21 last year, he tried to burn down the synagogue “with no thought for any lives he might put at risk”, he said.

Mr Richardson told how Zoe Baker and her partner Samual O’Brien were walking through Exeter City Centre when they heard a “loud bang” and saw an “orange glow and smoke” coming from the grade two listed building.

Concerned that someone might be hurt, they stopped and Ms Baker saw the defendant walking from away carrying a green petrol can.

Mr Richardson said: “He appeared to be laughing, while trying to flatten his hair which she described as looking like it had been ‘whooshed up’.

Morgan appeared “cocky” as he drove off in a Mercedes Vito van, according to the eyewitness account.

Mr O’Brien and an employee of a nearby Mecca bingo tackled the blaze with fire extinguishers before the fire brigade arrived.

Firefighters found a “severe” fire in a room containing a gas boiler, which could have exploded.

Morgan’s van was identified on CCTV as well as footage of the defendant using a small axe to break a window of the synagogue.

The court was shown video of Morgan pouring liquid from his green petrol can through the window before he is engulfed in a ball of flames.

Police arrested him at his home in Alexander Terrace in Exeter.

As he opened the door to officers, the defendant, who smelt of petrol and burning, exclaimed: “That didn’t take long”.

He had burns to his hands, forehead and hair, the court heard.

In his pockets, he was carrying two lock knives and two lighters.

As he was put in a police van, Morgan said: “Please tell me that synagogue is burning to the ground, if not, it’s poor preparation.”

Later, as his burns were being treated in hospital, he told staff “it was like a bomb going off”.

The attack on the synagogue was described as “devastating” for the whole Jewish community.

The court heard the attack coincided with a Jewish feast day commemorating disasters, including the Holocaust.

The Exeter Synagogue, built in 1763, is the third oldest in Britain and remains a focal point for the Jewish community in the South West.

It underwent reconstruction in the 1990s and a £100,000 restoration project was completed in 2013.

The cost of repairing the fire damage was said to total more than £23,000.

The court heard how Morgan performed his song “White Man” under the alias of Arland Bran.

His song calling for “White Man” to “kill your enemy” was played 53 times, “liked” twice and shared once.

ITV News

Hearing at the Old Bailey reveals how Tristan Morgan, 52, broke into the rear of the 18th century shul by smashing a window and poured accelerant in

A homeless white nationalist in Devon has admitted setting fire to an historic Exeter synagogue in an arson attack in July last year.

At a hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, Judge Anthony Leonard QC was told that prosecutors have accepted 52-year old Tristan Morgan’s guilty pleas to a series of charges, as he lifted reporting restrictions.

Morgan, of no fixed abode, admitted arson, encouraging terrorism by publishing a song called ‘White Man’ to a live-streaming website, and collecting information for terrorist purposes in relation to a book called ‘White Resistance Manual.’ He will be sentenced on 1 July.

He was arrested after breaking a window at the rear of the 18th century building – Britain’s third oldest synagogue – before pouring fuel inside and using a match to ignite it. He admitted to recklessly endangering life.

The Community Security Trust (CST) said it had worked closely with Exeter Synagogue and with Devon & Cornwall Police since it happened.

In a statement, the CST said it had been “an appalling attack by somebody who had engaged with far right extremism” which made it “a very disturbing incident”.

It added: “The damage to the synagogue would have been much worse had it not been for the quick thinking and actions of local residents, and we are grateful to the wider community for the support they offered to Exeter Synagogue in the days following this attack.”

Speaking to Jewish News, Brian Nathan, the security officer at the shul, said: “We had a phenomenal and heart-warming response from the Exeter authorities – civil, police, fire. From what could have been a disaster, a lot of good came out.”

The building was saved because two passing bingo workers noticed the flames and put the fire out using nearby fire extinguishers before alerting authorities. They both received awards for their heroism and quick thinking, and were invited to the synagogue’s reopening.

Speaking last year, Superintendent Matthew Lawler said there had been a “really good, positive response from both the public and faith groups in Exeter in support of the Jewish community”.

Jewish News

Scots 'Nazi dog' film maker Mark Meechan's appeal refused

Scots ‘Nazi dog’ film maker Mark Meechan’s appeal refused

A MAN who was fined after filming a pet dog giving Nazi salutes has failed in an attempt to appeal his conviction.

Mark Meechan, 30, was ordered to pay £800 after recording his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as “gas the Jews” and “Sieg Heil” by raising its paw.

He was found guilty of breaching the Communications Act by posting material that was “grossly offensive” and “anti-Semitic and racist in nature”, in an offence aggravated by religious prejudice, following a trial at Airdrie Sheriff Court in April.

Meechan, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, raised more than £193,000 through a crowdfunding page to pay for legal fees to fund an appeal against his conviction and sentence but has now revealed that it has failed at the first hurdle.

His lawyers took the case to the Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh but a panel of sheriffs refused to grant leave to appeal.

The case did not make it to a full hearing as it was refused at the ‘sift’ stage where sheriffs review bids to appeal and determine whether they have any merit.

YouTube prankster Meechan, who claimed the video was a joke and that he was exercising his right to freedom of speech, has said his legal team will now refer the case to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, who review potential miscarriages of justice.

Earlier this week, he vowed to go to prison rather than pay his fine if the appeal process was unsuccessful.

In a video posted online about the appeal decision, he said: “My appeal has been completely rejected.

“Scottish appeal courts work on a sift process where you get two chances to submit your appeal and it can be rejected at that stage on the grounds that there is absolutely no hope in hell of your appeal being successful.

“Mine was rejected on both stages. Apparently what happened to me is completely inarguable.

“I believe I have suffered a miscarriage of justice and my lawyers are going to submit that to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

“Hopefully the commission will agree and ask the appeal court to accept my appeal case.

“I never even got a hearing, I just got two rejection letters.”

He added: “I’m obviously not happy about the fact that I’m going to jail but I’m more than prepared to do it for what I believe in.

“I absolutely refuse to sacrifice my principles just so I can get an easy time under a law I shouldn’t even be getting charged under in the first place.”

The Sheriff Appeal Court confirmed Meechan’s bid to appeal had been refused last month.

The original clip was viewed more than three million times on YouTube and sparked a debate over free speech, with comedians Ricky Gervais and David Baddiel defending Meechan.

During an interview on BBC Radio Scotland on Tuesday, Meechan claimed people should be allowed to say whatever they want, no matter how offensive, and it should not be a criminal offence.

He claimed Sheriff Derek O’Carroll, who presided over his trial, was from an older generation and didn’t understand his sense of humour.

He said: “The judge was a lot older, he’s from a different generation. There are jokes you would tell your friends but you would never repeat them to your grandmother.

“He was judging it from the era of comedy that he grew up with.

“One of my main gripes with the case is I was being judged by a man who doesn’t understand my world. I think that’s what has given me the biggest bee in my bonnet with regards to the judge’s decision.”

Meechan also said that since his conviction he has been unable to find work and has been subjected to violent threats on the street.

He has said any money left over for his legal challenge will be donated to charity.

The Herald

Michael Herbert was banned for five years after an investigation into an anti-Semitic video, filmed in Russia.

Police have been investigating an anti-Semitic video which circulated online

Police have been investigating an anti-Semitic video which circulated online

Two men have been banned from attending football matches following offences at the Russia World Cup.

Michael Herbert, 57, from Derby, was given a five-year football banning order when he appeared at Leicester Magistrates Court.

It follows an investigation by police into an anti-Semitic video which circulated online.

Another two men, aged 52 and 58, were served with notices under the Football Spectators Act.

Although they appeared in Leicester Magistrates Court, their case was adjourned until 26 June.

Following a separate incident on a train near Moscow on 17 June, Paul Johnson, 25, was given a three-year football banning order.

Police were hunting those who appeared in a video performing a Nazi salute.

The FA condemned the behaviour, adding: “We are working with the relevant authorities, including the UK police investigations team, who are making inquiries to identify the individuals involved and take appropriate action.

“The disgraceful conduct of the individuals in this video does not represent the values of the majority of English football fans supporting the team in Russia.”
Sky News