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 Daniel Lewis at an NF demo in Wigan. Picture from Hope Not Hate


Daniel Lewis at an NF demo in Wigan. Picture from Hope Not Hate

A Wigan man jailed for threatening shop staff with a weapon is also a notorious local far-right leader, it emerged today.

Anti-extremism organisations and politicians reacted with relief to the news Daniel Lewis, of Wigan Lane, is now behind bars.

Vile social media posts highlighted online show Lewis making comments about the Holocaust which are too offensive to print, appearing at racist hate events and posing with flags bearing swastikas.

The 31-year-old, who is the Wigan leader of extreme far-right group the National Front and has links to the infamous North West Infidels, has also previously been unmasked by anti-racism campaigning organisation Hope Not Hate as a Holocaust denier.

Lewis was finally put behind bars for four and a half years last Thursday following an incident in which he and another man wore balaclavas and brandished an axe and a claw hammer as they demanded terrified staff at the Tesco store on Gidlow Lane open the tills to give them money.

Hope Not Hate today said Lewis being put in prison would be a massive relief to those in Wigan and elsewhere he has previously targeted for hatred.

The organisation’s head of research Matthew Collins said: “He is absolutely feral. He was out of control and had been for quite a while.

“It wasn’t just going out and robbing shops, he was a persistent danger to women in Wigan. He stalked and attacked Labour Party members and the police were called on a number of occasions.

“He was involved with the National Front, he was the organiser for them in Wigan and one of a number of organisers across the North West.

“He was also aligned to the North West Infidels, who have particularly made a name for themselves intimidating women.

“We are very happy that he is off the streets. We hope he takes the time to reflect on his behaviour and I’m sure he will because he is in prison.”

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, who has herself been targeted for sickening abuse by Lewis, called for more funding to be given to crack down on the far-right’s activities.

Ms Nandy said: “The vital work that Hope Not Hate and the police do to keep the public safe from these violent individuals should be commended.

“With the police under serious strain from nearly a decade of cuts and several threats involving the far right in recent years, it is clear they need a properly resourced, national strategy to help them in this crucial work.”

As news broke of Lewis’ jail sentence further details about his trail of appalling comments and actions came to light once more.

That included calling for violent actions against gay people, carrying out acts of harassment against people in Wigan and involvement in campaigns making horrific threats towards asylum seekers and refugees.

Hope Not Hate also previously reported on disgusting Facebook comments and photographs on Lewis’ account showing him smirking at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp while the accompanying comments mocked Holocaust victims and denied the genocide.

Photographs were shared of Lewis playing a prominent role in a National Front demo in Wigan town centre in 2015 in which extremists, some of them giving Nazi salutes, clashed with a large counter-protest and police.

The NF attempted to hold a similar anti-immigration event in the borough in 2016 but it was called off at the last minute.

The law caught up with Lewis following the violent incident on May 10 this year, in which he and his co-offender emptied large amounts of cash, alcohol and cigarettes before driving off.

Responding to last week’s sentencing, Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby of GMP’s Wigan borough said: “These men didn’t just demand money, they held an axe to an innocent woman’s throat as they made their threats.

“They caused immense fear and I am grateful we were able to get them in custody 24 hours after the terrifying ordeal.”

Wigan Today

Balaclava-clad robbers have been jailed after threatening a shop assistant with an axe.

Late on Thursday May 10, Daniel Lewis (19/04/1987) of Wigan Lane, Wigan and Stephen Warburton (22/04/1973) of Menses Avenue, Wigan walked into a Tesco Express on Gidlow Lane, one wearing a balaclava that was made out of a trouser leg, while the other’s balaclava was inside out.

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Daniel Lewis

Despite their amateur appearance, these men were brandishing an axe and a claw hammer, and held the axe to one of the staff member’s throats as they demanded money from the tills.

The violent duo then emptied the contents of the tills into a holdall that they had brought with them, throwing in alcohol and cigarettes.

They then fled from the scene in a silver Renault Clio.

Officers soon located this Clio and discovered the cash, cigarettes, claw hammer and axe that had been used in the robbery, alongside a receipt for the purchase of the weapons and the makeshift balaclavas.

With the evidence mounted against them, the duo were arrested later that day for robbery and refused to comment on whether they were responsible for the terrifying incident.

Warburton and Lewis pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and were both sentenced yesterday, Thursday 9 August 2018, at Bolton Crown Court.

Warburton was sentenced to 6 and a half years for passion of a bladed article, assault and robbery, while Lewis was sentenced to four and a half years for robbery.

Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “These men didn’t just demand money, they held an axe to an innocent woman’s throat as they made their threats.

“They caused immense fear, taking earnings that did not belong to them, and I am grateful we were able to get them in custody 24 hours after the terrifying ordeal.

“Warburton and Lewis will now spend the next 11 years behind bars, facing the consequences of their violent actions.”

Wigan Today

It happened in May this year on Menses Avenue

It happened in May this year on Menses Avenue

31 year old Daniel Lewis of Wigan Lane, Wigan and 45 year old Stephen Warburton of Menses Avenue walked into a Tesco on Gidlow Lane, one wearing a balaclava that was made out of a trouser leg, while the other’s balaclava was inside out.

Despite their amateur appearance, these men were brandishing an axe and a claw hammer, and held the axe to one of the staff member’s throats as they demanded money from the tills.

The violent duo then emptied the contents of the tills into a holdall that they had brought with them, throwing in alcohol and cigarettes.

They then fled from the scene in a silver Renault Clio.

Officers soon located this Clio and discovered the cash, cigarettes, claw hammer and axe that had been used in the robbery, alongside a receipt for the purchase of the weapons and the makeshift balaclavas.

With the evidence mounted against them, the duo were arrested later that day for robbery and refused to comment on whether they were responsible for the terrifying incident.

Warburton and Lewis pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and were both sentenced yesterday, Thursday 9 August 2018, at Bolton Crown Court.

Warburton was sentenced to 6 and a half years for passion of a bladed article, assault and robbery, while Lewis was sentenced to four and a half years for robbery.

Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “These men didn’t just demand money, they held an axe to an innocent woman’s throat as they made their threats.

“They caused immense fear, taking earnings that did not belong to them, and I am grateful we were able to get them in custody 24 hours after the terrifying ordeal.

“Warburton and Lewis will now spend the next 11 years behind bars, facing the consequences of their violent actions.”

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Clayton Blinston tried to rob Booze Buster but fled empty handed

Clayton Kevin Blinston, 31, of Morgan Street, St Helens

Clayton Kevin Blinston, 31, of Morgan Street, St Helens



A man who held up an off licence with a hammer was today jailed for three years.

Clayton Kevin Blinston, 31, of Morgan Street, St Helens pleaded guilty to the “brazen and vicious” attempted armed robbery, which saw him threaten a cashier with a hammer.

Blinston went into the Booze Buster branch on Higher Parr Street at around 1.05pm on Monday February 1, before taking the hammer out of his pocket and demanding the shop assistant hand over cash. He fled the off license empty handed.

The armed thief today pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at Liverpool Crown Court , and was sentenced to three years behind bars.

DC Lisa Milligan said: “This was a brazen and vicious robbery in which Blinston made repeated threats towards the shop assistant while brandishing a hammer.

“The victim showed great courage and did exactly the right thing by calling police straight away and Blinston fled the scene on foot without taking anything. However following police investigations and media coverage, he was identified and later arrested and charged.

“Blinston is now behind bars for a considerable length of time and can no longer steal from a local business. The significant sentence handed down should send a clear warning to other criminals who think it is acceptable to target local shops in Merseyside and wrongly believe they will get away with it. They won’t.”

Liverpool Echo

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A pair of teenage robbers attacked a man with a stun gun and hit another in the head with a metal pole for just £30 in cash and a small amount of cannabis.

Alex Kapuscinski and Connor Smart, both aged 19 and from Bournemouth, were jailed on Monday for the “vicious” armed robbery on March 12, 2016.

They pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to robbery and were sentenced on Monday, July 11.

Kapuscinski receiwas jailed for three years and 10 months in a young offender’s institution and Smart was jailed for four years and four months.

At 9.17pm on Saturday, March 12, 2016, a neighbour reported a disturbance at an address on Holdenhurst Road in Boscombe, said a spokesman from Dorset police.

The spokesman said: “Kapuscinski and Smart entered a flat along that road that contained four other men. The court heard that once the pair was inside Kapuscinski hit one of the men in the head with a metal pole.

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“Smart then used a stun gun on another man in the property before the pair demanded the victims ‘give them their stuff’, the court heard.

“Kapuscinski and Smart took £30 in cash and a small amount of herbal cannabis before fleeing the flat.”

Detective constable Ben Griffin, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a vicious attack and I would like to praise the victims and witnesses for coming forward and supporting the prosecution.

“I hope the sentences handed out by the courts act as a warning to others that such offences will not be tolerated. We will actively pursue anyone involved in such criminal behaviour.”

Somerset Live

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