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A ‘far-right extremist’ who threatened to shoot and kill an MP during a terrifying campaign of ‘vigilante democracy’ because she supported a second Brexit referendum has been jailed.

Colin Brown, who had “expressed support” for the murder of Jo Cox, said he wanted to “make an example” of Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South.

The 50-year-old, who has a previous conviction for hurling racial abuse at council staff, also threatened he was going to “hurt” Julie Elliott, MP for Sunderland Central and said politicians needed “shooting”.

During the shocking threats he made in 2019, Brown warned he would drive a car into a mosque in a bid to target Muslims.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Tim Gittins sentenced Brown to 18 months behind bars and said the jail term was a “deterrent to others who seek to poison democratic and political debate by threatening those who disagree with you”.

Judge Gittins told Brown some of his statements were “chilling” and told him: “It is clear you hold some views that are extreme and appalling in relation to race and religion.

“You took exception to the local MP’s stance on withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.

“You are perfectly entitled to hold a different view to anyone, as is she.

“What you are not entitled to do is threaten serious violence and death to that person holding a different view.”

Sunderland Echo

He was jailed earlier this year for putting Adolf Hitler stickers on lampposts

David Holmes was congratulated by one Far Right movement for ‘a good job in Heanor

This racist who was previously jailed for peppering lamp posts and bus stops with Neo Nazi stickers, has now been sent back to prison after police found cans of CS gas at his home.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how officers uncovered the banned spray when they went to the home of David Holmes, in Heanor, on June 12.

The heavily-tattooed 63-year-old, who has an infatuation with the Far Right pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing a weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of a noxious liquid.

The magistrates who jailed him for 26 weeks told him “it has to be custody because these are very serious matters”.

In August, Holmes was jailed for a year after he pleaded guilty to a number of charges including racially aggravated harassment, racially-aggravated criminal damage and witness intimidation.

On that occasion Derby Crown Court heard how he placed the offensive stickers around Ilkeston, Heanor, Mapperley, in Shipley Park and on the Nutbrook Trail during 2019.

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting on that occasion said police received a number of complaints about them including one from the head teacher who saw one placed on a lamppost outside his primary school.

Mr James-Moore said: “Some said ‘deport illegal immigrants’ and other showed an emoji of Adolf Hitler with a hand written note which read ‘Muslim scum out’ and ‘Hitler was right’.

“More of the Hitler stickers were found around Heanor and Langley Mill and were forensically analysed and linked to this defendant through a fingerprint.

“Another sticker was found on a bus stop and showed a white toddler with a shaved head and the number 88 on it which is a link to a far right ideology linked to Hitler’s birthday and the letters HH for ‘Hiel Hitler’.”

Mr James-Moore said Holmes was arrested at his home address in Ashforth Avenue, Marlpool, Heanor and a number of items were seized.

He said this included letters from a far right movement the defendant is a member of congratulating him for “a nice job in Heanor” and to “keep up the good work”.

In August the hearing was told how Holmes also displayed a Klux Klan figurine from his window and put bottles of his “potent” home made wine on neighbour’s doorsteps.

On them were written more racist slogans and one celebrating Klaus Barbie, a Gestapo officer known as the Butcher of Lyon and who tortured and killed Jews during the Second World War.

Mr James-Moore said: “In interview, the defendant was upfront and frank telling police he had placed more stickers around Shipley Park and on the Nutbrook Trail.

“He said his views were the normal views of people living in the area and were not offensive.

“He said he had issues with extensive immigration and what he called the ‘dilution of Aryan blood’.”

Jailing him on that occasion, Recorder Stuart Sprawson said: “You have deeply-held entrenched views about other people of different ethnicity to you.

“One of the people to complain was the head teacher of a primary school concerned about the impact this would have on the pupils and totally against the views being taught there.”

Derby Telegraph

Mark White will spend more than two years behind bars after he called police officers racist names, spat on them while claiming to have Covid 19 and threatened nurses

A vile thug has been jailed after racially abusing and spitting at police officers while claiming to have coronavirus and tried to bite nurses trying to treat him in hospital.

Mark White subjected emergency workers to a tirade of physical and verbal abuse after being arrested in Northumberland.

The 36-year-old called officers horrific racist names, headbutted one of them and spat at two insisting he had Covid-19.

He was also disgusting with nurses who were attempting to treat him after he sustained an injury while being restrained by officers.

White, of Briarwood Cottages, Annitsford, North Tyneside, called one at the police station a “fat s**g” then when taken to hospital he tried to bite nurses’ hands and threatened to headbutt one if they tried to help him.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how White, who has 106 previous convictions, has an “appalling” record for attacking police officers.

He has now been sentenced to more than two years behind bars for his abhorrent actions, with his victims describing him as “vile” and “pathetic”.

Police were called to Seghill, Northumberland, on July 12 to to reports of a fight and White was arrested following a struggle.

He was abusive and threatening to officers throughout the journey to Bedlington police station.

On arrival, he kicked the rear door of the police van in an attempt to hit an officer. While being escorted into the station, he headbutted a PC, causing swelling above the right eye.

White continued to resist officers and due to his aggressive behaviour he was taken to the ground and put in leg restraints.

But he became injured during the ordeal and a custody nurse was called to provide treatment who he called a “fat s**g”.

An ambulance was called to take him to hospital and he was put on a stretcher.

Amy Levitt, prosecuting, said: “He looked directly at one of the officers and said ‘f*** you you p*** c***, just wait’.

“The officer was upset, he is a person of mixed race.”

Two officers accompanied White in the ambulance and on the way to hospital he continued with his appalling abuse of emergency workers.

He said to one officer “I bet you like 19-year-old girls you f****** paedo” and towards another added ‘You will get it first you f****** p*** c***”.

Miss Levitt said: “At hospital he tried to bite the hands of the nurses. He also threatened to headbutt one in the face if they treated him.”

White was taken into a room where he was restrained to enable medical support to be provided.

“He then said he had coronavirus and spat at both officers,” Miss Levitt added.

“Spittle landed on the left arm of one PC and on the other officer’s vest.”

A series of victim impact statements were read in court from those emergency workers White attacked and abused.

One PC said: “The assault made me feel so angry. White acted disgustingly and it makes me feel sick.

“While I understand I put myself in harm’s way as a key worker, I should not be deliberately spat at or coughed at. I have family members at home who are vulnerable who could be susceptible.

“I’m enraged he thinks he can treat any human being like this. It goes to show what a pathetic person he is.”

His colleague added: “I’m appalled by the behaviour shown by White towards myself, I was repeatedly coughed at and was hit with a mixture of saliva and blood.

“No one should have to be treated this way. I was helping him receive medical treatment.

“He was shouting he had Covid. Covid is killing people of any age.”

Defending Matthew Purves said White accepts his behaviour on the night in question was “appalling” and that when he drinks he turns into a bit of a “violent man”.

White pleaded guilty to two offences of causing racially aggravated alarm or distress and three counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

ChronicleLive is campaigning for a Government review over the lack of prison sentences handed out to thugs who attack our 999 heroes.

Just one in six assaults on emergency staff have resulted in their attacker being put behind bars in the last 12 months since new tougher sentencing powers came into force.

The court heard he has assaulted police officers several times previously and was on a suspended sentence for headbutting one PC and kicking two others at the time of the latest offences.

Jailing White, Judge Christopher Prince told him: “The public owe the police and other emergency services respect and gratitude, now perhaps more than ever before.

“In court we can put out a clear message to those who do not respect public services. Your conduct must not be tolerated for one moment.

“You have got an appalling record of violence and disorder, especially against police officers.

“These were all people who are trying to help you.”

The Chronicle

Mark White, of Annitsford, called police officers vile racist names, spat on them while claiming to have Covid 19 and even abused and threatened nurses who were trying to treat him

Twisted Mark White racially abused and spat at police officers while claiming to have coronavirus and tried to bite nurses who were treating him in hospital.

In a sickening display of vile behaviour to emergency workers, White lashed out physically and verbally after being arrested and taken into custody.

He called officers disgusting racist names, headbutted one of them and spat at two while claiming he had covid – causing great concern and worry.

The 36-year-old lowlife, of Briarwood Cottages, Annitsford, North Tyneside, was even abusive to nurses who were trying to treat him after he was injured while being restrained.

He called one at a police station a “fat s**g” then when taken to hospital he tried to bite nurses’ hands and threatened to assault them.

Newcastle Crown Court he has previous convictions for attacking police officers and his victims described him as “vile” and “pathetic”.

The court heard police were called to Seghill, Northumberland, on July 12 to reports of a fight and White was arrested and, after a short struggle, he was put in a police van.

On his way to Bedlington police station, he was abusive and threatening to officers throughout the journey.

On arrival, he kicked the rear door of the van in an attempt to hit an officer.

As he was escorted into the police station, he headbutted a PC, causing swelling just above his right eye.

Due to his continued aggression, he was taken to the ground and put in leg restraints as he issued threats.

He received an injury while being restrained and so a custody nurse was summoned to give him treatment and he called her a “fat s**g”

Amy Levitt, prosecuting, said an ambulance was called for him and he was put on a stretcher.

Miss Levitt said: “He looked directly at one of the officers and said ‘f*** you you p*** c***, just wait’.

“The officer was upset, he is a person of mixed race.”

White was taken to hospital, with police in the ambulance alongside him, and he continued to be aggressive.

He said to one “I bet you like 19-year-old girls you f****** paedo’ and then to another officer he said “You will get in first you f****** p*** c***”.

Miss Levitt said: “At the hospital he continued to be aggressive.

“He tried to bite the hands of nurses trying to help him.”

After threatening to assault another nurse if she treated him, he was taken to a room and restrained in order that he could be treated while being prevented from biting and headbutting.

Miss Levitt said: “He then said he had coronavirus and spat at both officers.

“Spittle landed on the left arm of one PC and on the other officer’s vest.”

Those attacked and abused made a series of victim impact statements which were read to the court.

One PC said: “The assault made me feel so angry. White acted disgustingly and it makes me feel sick.

“While I understand I put myself in harms way as a key worker, I should not be deliberately spat at or coughed at. I have family members at home who are vulnerable who could be susceptible.

“I’m enraged he thinks he can treat any human being like this. It goes to show what a pathetic person he is.”

His colleague added: “I’m appalled by the behaviour shown by White towards myself, I was repeatedly coughed at and was hit with a mixture of saliva and blood.

“No one should have to be treated this way. I was helping him receive medical treatment.

“He was shouting he had covid. Covid is killing people of any age.”

The officer said he was caring and delivering shopping for vulnerable members of his family during the pandemic, adding: “I’m disgusted at his behaviour and actions.

“I was doing my job to keep the public safe. I hope he will realise how vile he has acted towards people who were trying to help him.

“I’m worried I will get the disease and it will have been given to me on purpose by White. I can only hope and pray I don’t contract the disease.”

White, who has 106 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to two offences of causing racially aggravated alarm or distress and three counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

The court heard he has assaulted police officers several times previously and was on a suspended sentence for headbutting one PC and kicking two others at the time of the latest offences.

Judge Christopher Prince adjourned sentence until November 9 in order to get more information about White’s previous convictions.

White, who had been on bail, was remanded in custody until then.

The judge told him: “There’s a substantial risk you will commit further offences.

“I’m not willing to take a substantial risk of you committing further offences, particularly against the police.”

Matthew Purves, defending, said he has been engaging with mental services.
Chronicle Live

A RACIST yob who said “n*****s should be shot” claimed he was a “peacemaker” at a rowdy protest.

Peter Griffen was held by police during the large demo in Glasgow’s George Square on June 14 this year.

Activists from the Glasgow Youth Art Collective had planned to gather there demanding the removal of the statue of former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.

This was in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hundreds of counter protestors then turned up to apparently protect statues from graffiti and damage.

Prosecutor Christopher McKnight told Glasgow Sheriff Court there was a “strong police presence” at George Square.

Griffen was part of a group described as becoming “aggressive” that day.

The 42-year-old was given the chance to leave the area, but ended up being arrested.

He initially threatened one officer also branding him a “c***”.

Griffen was hauled to a police station in the city where he was heard making racist jibes.

He stated: “They should do what they do in America and shoot the n*****s.”

Griffen also branded a police worker a “fenian dog” and made a remark about loyalist group the Ulster Freedom Fighters.

Marisa Borland, defending, told the hearing: “Mr Griffen, in his own view, had been acting as a peacekeeper that day.

“He had earlier separated a number of situations which could have caused significant disturbance.

“This also included clearing glass bottles from the area.”

The court heard Griffen kicked off at police when they wrongly thought he was banned from Glasgow city centre.

Miss Borland added: “He felt he was being treated unfairly.”

Griffen, of the city’s Shettleston, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner which was racially aggravated.

Sheriff Jonathan Guy said the crime merited jail and noted in a pre-sentencing report Griffen moaned he had been the “victim of police harassment”.

But, he concluded “somewhat reluctantly” he been persuaded against locking Griffen up.

The yob will instead carry out 270 hours of unpaid work and will be tagged for 81 days keeping him indoors between 9pm and 7am each day.

Glasgow Evening Times

He claimed his views were ‘normal for the area’

David Holmes was congratulated by one Far Right movement for ‘a good job in Heanor

This racist with an infatuation with the Far-Right peppered lamp posts and bus stops with Neo-Nazi stickers, including one with an emoji of Adolf Hitler.

On them were offensive slogans such as “Muslim scum out” and “Hitler was right”, one of which was found by a horrified headteacher outside a primary school.

Derby Crown Court heard how David Holmes also displayed a Ku Klux Klan figurine in his Heanor window.

He also put bottles of his “potent” homemade wine on neighbours’ doorsteps. On them were written more racist slogans, including “black lives don’t matter,” “save my race” and one celebrating Klaus Barbie, a Gestapo officer known as the Butcher of Lyon and who tortured and killed Jews during the Second World War.

Jailing the 63-year-old married Holmes for a year, Recorder Stuart Sprawson said: “You have deeply-held entrenched views about other people of different ethnicity to you.

“One of the people to complain was the headteacher of a primary school concerned about the impact this would have on the pupils and totally against the views being taught there.”

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said the offensive stickers were placed around Ilkeston, Heanor, Mapperley, in Shipley Park and on the Nutbrook Trail during 2019.

He said police received a number of complaints about them.

Mr James-Moore said: “Some said ‘deport illegal immigrants’ and other showed an emoji of Adolf Hitler with a hand written note which read ‘Muslim scum out’ and ‘Hitler was right’.

“More of the Hitler stickers were found around Heanor and Langley Mill and were forensically analysed and linked to this defendant through a fingerprint.

“Another sticker was found on a bus stop and showed a white toddler with a shaved head and the number 88 on it which is a link to a far-right ideology linked to Hitler’s birthday and the letters HH for ‘Heil Hitler’.”

Mr James-Moore said Holmes was arrested at his home address in Ashforth Avenue, Marlpool, Heanor and a number of items were seized.

He said this included letters from a Far-Right movement the defendant is a member of congratulating him for “a nice job in Heanor” and to “keep up the good work”.

Mr James-Moore said: “In interview, the defendant was upfront and frank, telling police he had placed more stickers around Shipley Park and on the Nutbrook Trail.

“He said his views were the normal views of people living in the area and were not offensive.

“He said he had issues with extensive immigration and what he called the ‘dilution of Aryan blood’.”

Mr James-Moore said after being released on bail for that series of offences, Holmes’ next offence happened on December 14, 2019.

He said he placed a US Confederate flag in his window and a figurine of a Ku Klux Klan member wearing a conical hat which was reported to the police by neighbours.

Mr James-Moore said the final set of offences involved the bottles of wine with offensive and racist messages.

He said: “Finally, on July 19, the defendant went out into his garden and began arguing with a neighbour over a dispute he had about a shed they were erecting.

He told them he would burn it down and said he would send ‘200 skinheads to come and knock at your door as you’re a grass’ or words to that effect.”

Holmes, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to a number of charges including racially aggravated harassment, racially-aggravated criminal damage and witness intimidation.

Joe Harvey, mitigating, said: “I had a brief conference with Mr Holmes this morning during which he told me he knows what he did was hurtful and apologises for the appalling offences.

“He describes his behaviour as ‘evil’ and that’s not far off the mark.”

As well as the jail sentence Holmes was handed a two-year restraining order not to contact his neighbour and a two-year criminal behaviour order which says he is not allowed to place stickers on any items which would be visible to other people.
Derby Telegraph

Andrew Howard now finds himself in jail

A man found with hoards of Nazi paraphernalia has been jailed for eight weeks after writing racist abuse at a prospective neighbour who wanted to move in across the road.

52-year-old Andrew Howard had watched the family from his doorstep as they viewed the empty house. The next day, he spray painted ‘We don’t want Muslims here’ across the front of the property, alongside signs stating: “No Muslims here, f*** off”, and “you’re not wanted here, you Musrat scum, f*** off back to your own country,” Manchester Magistrates Court heard.

The family were going to move into the house but, after Howard’s racist graffiti, decided against it.

A police search of Howard’s house revealed a vast array of racist items such as Nazi flags – that were hung inside – a hanging picture of Adolf Hitler, swastikas and copies of ‘Mein Kampf’

Officer’s also discovered a room containing ‘sophisticated radio equipment’ and numbers – the door to the room had a sign reading: “Do good for the community – shoot a P***”.

In a victim personal statement, the father of the family who viewed the house said: “We no longer want to move into the address.

“I don’t feel safe there with my family. I don’t feel like my children can play in the street, as I feel someone will harm them.

“I don’t feel like my wife can go outside as someone will harm her.

“This is the first time something like this has happened to me – why does someone have to hurt someone because of religion?

“I’m also worried because my wife wears Muslim dress and it’s made me fear for her safety in that area.”

Howard, of Newton Heath, pleaded guilty to one offence of racially aggravated harassment.

Outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor David Morgan said on April 18 last year, the victim and his family went to view the house, and being happy with it, they wished to take the tenancy.

“That day they noticed a male watching them on his doorstep across the road as they looked around the area,” Mr Morgan said.

“The next day they went to the house to find ‘we don’t want Muslims here’ spray painted on the front door.

“On the water pipe it said ‘No Muslims here, f**k off’.

“Then along the front of the property it said: ‘you’re not wanted here, you Musrat scum, f**k off back to your own country.’

“The family immediately left the house and pulled out of the tenancy.

“As a result of this graffiti, police undertook a house search of the defendant and they found a substantial amount of racist paraphernalia.

“This included three Nazi flags which were hung from the property, swastikas and books.

“There was also a room containing a large amount of sophisticated radio equipment and phone numbers, and on the front of the door a sign read: “Do good for the community, shoot a P***’.

“There was also a painting of Adolf Hilter which was on the wall and copies of ‘Mein Kampf’.

Howard was said to have no previous convictions.

In an earlier hearing, it was suggested that he had served time in the army and as a result suffered from PTSD.

However, following the preparation of a pre-sentence report and various investigations, this was proved not to be the case.

In mitigation, Howard’s defence lawyer Daniel Weed said: “In the pre-sentence report there is reference to the defendant serving in the army – that is not correct.
Manchester Evening News

Andrew Howard, 51, of Newton Heath, will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to racially aggravated harassment

A man who left racist signs directed at his neighbour telling him ‘we don’t want Muslims here’, was found to be in possession of Nazi memorabilia.

Andrew Howard, 51, left the offensive signs and markings near to the man’s house after he moved in nearby.

Some of the messages read ‘you Muslim scum’ and ‘go back to your own country’, Manchester Magistrates Court heard.

Howard, of Newton Heath, was then found to have Nazi memorabilia around his house including pictures of Adolf Hitler and swastikas.

Today, Howard pleaded guilty to one charge of racially aggravated harassment.

He will be sentenced next month following the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

Briefly outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor Martha Dowd said the matter went back to April last year when the man moved in near to Howard, shortly before the incident took place.

“When he moved in he found a number of graffiti markings and signs which were racist in nature, such as ‘We don’t want Muslims here’, “You Muslim scum’ and ‘Go back to your own country’.”

“Following a search of the defendant’s property, officers found Nazi memorabilia, photographs of Hitler, confederate flags and swastikas.”

Howard was said to have no previous convictions.

In mitigation, his defence lawyer Karl Benson said: “The matters go back to 2019, he has lost his good character and he has never been before the court before.

“There is a significant amount of matters he has discussed with me that I think would be best addressed in a full probation report.

“I do believe a report would make a difference to the sentencing of the defendant.

“He is upset in regards to his actions.

“He tells me he has PTSD following his time in the army.

“I believe that to pull these strings would allow the court to understand what makes the defendant tick and how he can be rehabilitated.

“He could be facing a custodial sentence, so I do believe a report would impact the sentencing of the court.”

Manchester Evening News

A man has been jailed for racially abusing a mother as she walked to a fete with her two young children in Saffron Walden.

Terry Ralph, 60, was sentenced to 30 months for racial abuse at Chelmsford Crown Court. He was also sentenced for offences of burglary and failing to provide a specimen, which took place in other counties.

Ralph, of Howard de Walden Way, Newmarket, received convictions for breaching a suspended prison sentence and failing to appear at court. He has been banned from driving for 61 months.

The court was told last Wednesday (June 17) that at around 2pm on Sunday May 5, 2019, a woman visited a fete with her children and husband when she was approached by Ralph, who targeted her because of her appearance.

The racist was confronted by the woman’s husband and Essex Police officers arrived at the scene. Ralph made further comments which were captured on a body-worn camera.

Ralph failed to provide a specimen for police in Newmarket on August 19 last year and was arrested for a burglary at Boots in Cambridge on April 22 this year.

Investigating officer PC Daniel Ricketts, of Uttlesford’s local policing team, said: “Ralph targeted a woman and went out of his way to racially abuse her while she was visiting a fete with her two children and her husband.

“He has shown no remorse, and he was aggressive and unco-operative when he was being questioned that day.

“He intended to cause harassment to a family who were innocently out for the day.

“Ralph has also been sent to prison for other serious offences investigated by our policing partners – where he has time to consider his actions.”

Bishops Stortford Independent

Zack Davies told onlookers that he had carried out the assault on Dr Sarandev Bhambra in revenge for the death of the soldier Lee Rigby

A loner fascinated with far right ideologies and violent video games screamed “white power” as he launched a racially-motivated machete and hammer attack on a dentist of Asian origin, a court has heard.

As he was led away by police, Zack Davies told onlookers that he had carried out the assault on Dr Sarandev Bhambra in revenge for the death of the soldier Lee Rigby, who was killed by Islamist extremists outside a barracks in south-east London.

He also later claimed that the British Isis terrorist nicknamed Jihadi John was an inspiration for the attack, which left 24-year-old Bhambra with terrible injuries to his head, back and hand.

Davies, 26, from Mold in north Wales, was found guilty of attempting to murder Bhambra, who is still recovering from his injuries.

Outside Mold crown court, Bhambra’s family argued Davies had committed an act of terrorism. They said if the men’s ethnicities had been reversed the family had no doubt it would have been reported as an act of terror.

Bhambra’s brother, Dr Tarlochan Singh Bhambra, said in a statement: “Sarandev was singled out because of the colour of his skin. We are in no doubt that had the racial disposition of this case been reversed this would be reported as an act of terror with a wider media coverage.

“We as a family have listened intently to the evidence … and are in no doubt given the racial and political motivation that this should be rightly defined as an act of terrorism. By his own admission Zack Davies had extreme neo-Nazi views and is a member of a white supremacist organisation.”

He said his brother, who was born in Leeds, was a young man of whom his family was immensely proud and who had just started out on his chosen career. “This cowardly assault has left him with life-changing injuries. Sarandev is currently undergoing an extensive programme of rehabilitation.”

Judge Rhys Rowlands sent Davies to a high security hospital for psychiatric reports to be prepared before he sentences him in September.

“I hold the view he is an incredibly dangerous young man. If it is not going to be a hospital order it will be the longest possible sentence,” the judge said. “Dr Bhambra sustained the most dreadful life-changing injuries during a sustained racist attack on an innocent man, a member of a caring profession.”

There was applause from the public gallery as the verdict was returned.

The jury had heard how Davies would sit in his flat playing violent video games for six or seven hours a day. Expelled from school at 11 for bringing in a knife to school, Davies became a loner and admitted carrying a weapon with him every day since he was 15 because of his growing paranoia.

On 14 January he spotted Bhambra on the street in Mold at lunchtime and followed him to a Tesco supermarket, where he attacked him from behind with a claw hammer and 30cm-long machete in front of shoppers and children.

Bhambra was saved after an ex-soldier, Peter Fuller, stepped in to help. Davies told Fuller: “We are under attack,” but Fuller said what he was doing was madness and Bhambra had not done anything.

Davies admitted saying “white power” and “I did it for Lee Rigby,” during and after the attack. He told the court: “I got very fascinated by Jihadi John and was inspired by him. I even had a mask.”

He was described in court as a racist with a fascination for far right ideologies. In interview he told police that maybe the wrong side had won the second world war. The court heard items associated with white supremacy and Nazism were found at Davies’s home, including swastika badges and Combat 18 material. Davies apologised in court to the family of Lee Rigby and to Bhambra.

Asked if he considered it an act of terrorism, DCI Alun Oldfield, of North Wales police, said: “In our view this was an attempted murder, racially motivated.”

Gareth Preston, senior crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said: “Zackery Davies is a dangerous young man whose distorted and racist views led him to commit a terrifying act of violence. This was an attack against a complete stranger, singled out for no other reason than his ethnicity.”

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