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Vaughan Dowd, 55, jailed for 12 months for writing ‘no blacks’ on front door

 Vaughan Dowd. Photograph: Greater Manchester Police/PA

Vaughan Dowd. Photograph: Greater Manchester Police/PA

A man who daubed “no blacks” on the front door of the home of a Salford man and his 10-year-old son has been jailed for 12 months.

A court heard that Brexit and immigration were playing on the mind of Vaughan Dowd, 55, when he vandalised the home of Jackson Yamba, five days after the solicitor and his son moved into their flat in Greater Manchester.

Yamba, 38, said the racist graffiti had left his son, David, afraid to live in his own home after it appeared on three doors in their building on 8 February.

An image of the graffiti, tweeted by Yamba, was shared more than 12,000 times and prompted a wave of support from police, politicians and members of the public.

Manchester crown court heard on Thursday that Dowd, a single man with no children, led a “sad life”, spending his time working then drinking alcohol and watching television.

Brexit and immigration were on his mind at the time, said Dowd’s barrister, Iain Johnstone, who added: “He wishes to apologise to everyone, including the community at large, for the trouble he has caused.”

Judge Alan Conrad QC, jailing Dowd for 12 months, told the defendant his actions were “crude, bigoted and extremely hurtful”.

He added: “This country, in particular this area, the cities of Salford and Manchester, have a long and proud history of diversity and inclusivity. We welcome those who, having a right to come here, do so and when they do, lead decent and productive lives.

“What you did was not welcome in any civilised society. You have experienced anxiety, but then again many people experience anxiety and would not dream of behaving as you did.

“In reality, this was simply an outpouring of racist views held by you for which there is no excuse. It must be made clear that imprisonment will follow offences such as this.”

Superintendent Marcus Noden, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “This was a cowardly and spiteful act, and there is no place for this kind of hatred in Manchester or anywhere else.

“No one should be subjected to this kind of abuse, especially in their own home, and I hope the fact that Dowd must now face the consequences of his actions brings the victim some comfort.

“I also hope this acts as a reminder that Greater Manchester police do not tolerate any form of hate crime, and we will actively pursue those responsible and ensure they are brought to justice.”

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A man has admitted he was responsible for racist graffiti at a Fulwood mosque.

Gavin Edghill, 47, of Lower Bank Road, Fulwood, pleaded guilty to five counts of racially aggravated criminal damage, one offence of racially aggravated public order and a further five counts of criminal damage.

Police launched an investigation after three separate reports of offensive and racist graffiti at Masjid E Salaam Mosque in Watling Street Road over the weekend.

Similar graffiti was found on an NHS sign nearby.

Edghill was arrested and appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 23 April).

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced in May.

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Tobias Ruth is an admirer of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and has already served a prison term for a hate campaign against mosques

Tobias Ruth

Tobias Ruth

An extremist has been jailed for building up a bizarre arsenal of weapons to guard against ‘the apocalypse’.

Tobias Ruth is an admirer of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and has already served a prison term for a hate campaign against mosques.

He is obsessed with weapons and was found with a home-made stun gun, an air rifle, and a large collection of knives when police raided his home in Torquay in August.

Ruth, aged 24, was jailed after a judge at Exeter Crown Court was told he is a ‘doomsday crank’ who is preparing for an apocalypse.

He had made the stun gun by combining two electrically powered fly zappers but the gadget did not work when it was tested by the police

His air gun was a .22 Westlake which would normally have been legal to own but which he was banned from keeping because of his earlier conviction.

Ruth, of Lymington Road, Torquay, admitted possessing an illegal weapon which was adapted for the discharge of electricity and of possessing a firearm within five years of being released from prison.

He was jailed for 18 months by Recorder Mr Martin Meeke, QC, who told him:”You have an unnatural fascination with weapons but no previous convictions for firearms offences.”

Mr Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Ruth’s home was searched on August 7 and the two weapons were found, along with a large collection of knives which he was allowed to own.

He said Ruth had built a device out of two electric fly swats but tests by the police showed it was not viable in its current form. Officers also recovered the air gun.

He said Ruth has previous convictions for having a knuckle duster and a knife in public and was barred from owning any form of firearm because of his previous sentence.

Mr Kevin Hopper, defending, said Ruth had not taken the two weapons out of his property or used them to threaten anyone. He said the fly zapper was effectively harmless.

He said:”There is concern expressed in the pre-sentence report about his right-wing views and whether he is dangerous. In the past he has printed off right wing manuals but that was in 2013.

“He has not been before the courts regularly for serious offences and there is a lack of aggravating features.

“He describes himself as believing in the apocalypse and being a doomsday crank but the weapons were indoors and there is no suggestion he carried them with him.

“The issue is more about his unhealthy interest in weapons in general.”

Ruth served a 19-month sentence in 2014 for his part in six-month spree in which he and his friend John Roddy sprayed the letters KT on 72 buildings in honour of Breivik’s Order of the Knights Templar.

They branded each other with hot irons to initiate themselves in Breivik’s Order of the Knights Templar and then sprayed the letters KT on 72 buildings, signs or cars around Torbay.

The most serious attack was on the Torquay Islamic Centre where the pair followed up a spate of racist graffiti with a threatening letter.

The two youths sent poison pen style letters to Mosques or Islamic prayer centres in Plymouth and Brighton and were planning to send them to others all around Britain.

All their messages read:”Leave this town today or there will be hell to pay”.

Roddy’s laptop contained Breivik’s Manifesto and the Al Qaeda training manual. A sweet tin was found full of cut out words and letters from magazines which they were using in their threatening messages.

Roddy, aged 20, also of Lymington Road, Torquay, was jailed for 23 months, suspended for two years, at the time of the original case.

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TWO friends obsessed with Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik plotted a far-right hate campaign in Torbay, a court was told today.

John Roddy, 20, and Tobias Ruth, 18, daubed racist graffiti on a mosque and spray painted Brixham police station

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The pair styled themselves as Knights Templar in homage to Breivik and sent letters to Islamic centres telling worshippers to leave the country.

At Exeter Crown Court today Ruth, from Brixham, was sent to a Young Offenders Institution for two years and nine months

He had previously admitted conspiracy to cause criminal damage and to send malicious communications.

Roddy, from Torquay, walked away from court with a suspended jail sentence. He admitted the conspiracy charges and possessing a terror manual on his computer.

Their arrests came in January after an area of Lymington Road in Torquay was sealed off by armed police who feared they may be dealing with a terrorist cell.

Exeter Crown Court was told that police had been hunting whoever was responsible for a series of graffiti attacks on various buildings in Torquay and Brixham dating back to July the previous year.

Red spray paint and the initials KT had been daubed on buildings and 72 incidents of criminal damage were later attributed to the pair.

Among the buildings targeted were Brixham police station; a council-owned building in St Mary’s Park; the Union Street car park in Torquay and a children’s play area in Plainmoor.

Racist slogans were sprayed on the Torquay Islamic Centre.

Police arrested Roddy after a large billboard had been daubed by the words ‘Knights Templar’

Police analysed Facebook traffic between Roddy and Ruth and discovered the pair had been in conversation about places to target.

Roddy’s laptop was found to contain an “al-Qaeda training manual” and Breivik’s ‘2083 A European Declaration of Independence’.

Jeremy Atkinson prosecuting, said: “Both developed an obsession with the personality and ideology of Anders Breivik, the convicted Norwegian terrorist and mass murderer.

“The defendants had attempted to act out to some extent their own form of activity under the banner of Knights Templar, an organisation discussed at some length by Anders Breivik and aspired to be part of that organisation or their own version of it.”

He said in July the pair had taken part in an ‘initiation right’ with each of them branding the other on the upper arm with a hot metal cross to signify their allegiance to the Knights Templar.

Letters sent to the Islamic Centre in Torquay included the words ‘Leave this town today or there will be hell to pay.’

Identical letters, shown to have been addressed by Roddy and using cut out letters from newspapers, were also sent to mosques in Brighton and Plymouth.

Lee Brembridge mitigating for Roddy, now of Old Mill Road,said there was no evidence any of the material found in his possession would be used for terrorist purposes and the material had not been distributed.

He said Roddy was shy and had been assessed by a mental health team. He also had Asperger’s and autism.

Roddy, he said, had come under the influence of Ruth after the pair met on a bricklayer’s course at South Devon College, at which point his family had started to notice a behavioural change.

Kevin Hopper, mitigating for Ruth, said his client was a ‘social inadequate’ who was easily influenced by others. He said Ruth had been 17 at the time and compensation claimed for the graffiti only amounted to £500.

But Judge Francis Gilbert QC said the real cost was far higher and ran into thousands of pounds.

“At least one of the acts of criminal damage was motivated by racial hatred,” he added.

“The racial element of the offences is obvious.”

Roddy was given 23 months in a Young Offenders Institution, suspended for two years and 18 months supervision.

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