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James Farrell joined a far-right group and shared dangerous material

James Farrell joined a far-right group and shared dangerous material

A Glasgow man who joined a far-right online group and shared a video on how to make a replica sub-machine gun has admitted terror charges.

James Farrell, 32, shared racist and neo-Nazi views with other members of the Oaken Hearth group.

He posted offensive comments and photos about black and Jewish people and then posted a clip on how to make “the ultimate DIY machine pistol”.

He admitted charges under the Terrorism Act at the High Court in Glasgow.

The ex-security guard was identified by a police operation investigating Oaken Hearth.

Farrell was arrested at his family home in Priesthill after being caught by posting a picture of a right-wing book with his dog in the background.

He admitted posting the clip which he found “edgy and cool” with instructions on how to construct the replica firearm.

This was said to have been a “direct or indirect encouragement” to the “commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.

The charge further stated Farrell was “reckless” as to whether the conduct had an effect.

The court heard that Farrell hooked up with the group via the chat app Telegram in March 2021, with the user name Jabz.

The group discussed terrorist killers such as Brenton Tarrant, who murdered 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. in 2019.

Farrell stated at one point: “It is about time someone firebombed a synagogue.”

The group went on to talk about making firearms using 3D printers.

Farrell then shared a link titled: “The Box Tube MAC-11 – The Ultimate DIY machine pistol”.

The court heard “by solely following” the instructions, a non-firing replica sub-machine pistol could be made.

Further alterations – needing “skills and firearms knowledge” – would be needed for it to discharge bullets.

However, prosecutor Graeme Jessop told the court: “Any replica built using these instructions would be intimidating to anyone that was presented with it.

“It would have a very similar appearance to the machine pistol it is based on.”

Farrell remained a member, but his replies eventually became “few and far apart”.

The Oaken Hearth group was investigated by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in England. An undercover officer was able to become part of the group and confirmed the topics of discussion and mindset of its member.

Five people were arrested on 1 May 2021 for terrorist and firearms offences with three being part of Oaken Hearth.

A mobile phone was seized which contained chats from Oaken Hearth which led to Farrell being identified.

‘Totally unacceptable’

In October 2021, his home was then raided under the Terrorism Act.

The same dog and bronze axes spotted in the photo he posted were found in the property.

The books as well as other “far right literature” and neo-Nazi flags were seized.

Lord Clark told Farrell the offence was “a serious and indeed a dangerous matter”.

He continued his bail and Farrell will be sentenced next month.

The conviction was welcomed by Det Ch Supt Stuart Houston, the head of Police Scotland’s organised crime and counter terrorism unit.

He said: “Farrell not only expressed views which are totally unacceptable in a civilised society but his actions in sharing material of this nature had the potential of significantly endangering the public.

“His conviction is testament to the work of Police Scotland officers and shows the value of working in partnership with our colleagues in counter-terrorism policing across the UK.”

BBC News

Luca Benincasa was sentenced to nine years and three months for terror offences and possessing indecent images of children

Luca Benincasa was sentenced to nine years and three months for terror offences and possessing indecent images of children

The self-styled “UK cell leader” of a banned neo-Nazi group has been locked up for terror offences and possessing indecent images of children.

Luca Benincasa, 20, from Cardiff, was sentenced to nine years and three months at Winchester Crown Court after admitting a range of offences.

He had instructions on bomb making and was a recruiter and “prominent member” of Neo-Nazi group Feuerkrieg Division.

He also downloaded indecent images of children as young as four.

Benincasa, from the Whitchurch area of the city, pleaded guilty to terrorism offences and possession of indecent images of children.

After he was arrested he scrawled satanic and far-right messages on his prison cell, and said on social media: “Told my mum I want to be a terrorist for 2022.”

The court heard the Feuerkrieg Division “grew out of” National Action and other banned, far-right groups.

National Action was co-founded by Alex Davies, from Swansea, who was sentenced in June 2022.

Prosecutors said Benincasa was 19 when he committed the offences and was the self-described “UK cell leader” of the Feuerkrieg Division, and “one of its key recruiters”.

The Feuerkrieg Division primarily existed online and promoted violence and mass murder in the pursuit of a so-called race war.

Benincasa admitted belonging to the white supremacist group after it was proscribed in July 2020 and four counts of collecting information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

When police searched his bedroom, they found a Nazi dagger and flags, airsoft rifles, tactical clothing and documents on how to make explosives and poisons.

The prosecution said Benincasa had manuals on how to make improvised explosive devices, pipe bombs and plastic explosives.

He became increasingly involved with far-right ideologies during lockdown, which was described by the prosecution, as a “watershed moment”.

The court heard he “became increasingly detached”, spent a lot of time speaking to “friends in America” and asked his mother to order him an SS flag, which she refused.

The court heard the Feuerkrieg Division group “directly appeals to boys and men who feel they are disempowered”.

Benincasa described himself as an “incel”, which stands for involuntarily celibate and has been linked to mass-killings in the United States.

Feuerkrieg Division "grew out of" National Action, another banned far-right group co-founded by Alex Davies

Feuerkrieg Division “grew out of” National Action, another banned far-right group co-founded by Alex Davies

He held at least 33 one-to-one conversations with potential recruits, some as young as 14 and the court heard he was “actively recruiting individuals”, asking potential recruits to put up five so-called, “propaganda posters” in their area.

In January 2022 Benincasa spoke to a 14-year-old boy called Jurgen from Germany and said: “The minimum age for recruits is 15, sorry. This is a real life group, you know that.”

Benincasa’s defence barrister said the Feuerkrieg Division was “entirely online without any real world meetings”.

Benincasa also previously pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children, including multiple counts of possessing an indecent image of a child and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

The ages of the children in the images were four, five and seven years old.

Benincasa used Google to search for terms such as “rape games”, and “child porn T-shirt”.

Officers found a Nazi dagger, airsoft rifles and tactical clothing alongside Nazi flags in Benincasa

Sentencing, judge Jane Miller KC said: “You see yourself in a high position and the rules do not apply to you. You do present a serious risk of harm to the public.”

Benincasa was sentenced to a total of nine years and three months in a young offender institute.

BBC News

Boy, 17, convicted of five sexual assaults against a younger girl

One of the sketches made by the teenager
(Counter Terrorism Policing North East)

A teenage neo-Nazi who was jailed for planning terror attacks has been given a new sentence for child sex offences.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of five counts of sexually touching a girl under the age of 13.

He was given an 18-month detention and training order for the assaults at Leeds Youth Court on Wednesday.

District Judge Richard Kitson said the term could be served concurrently to his previous sentence of six years and eight months for preparing acts of terrorism.

“The offences [against the girl] are wholly different to those that have resulted in your current sentence and, in theory, consecutive sentences would be justified,” he told the defendant. “I think that would be inappropriate in view of the extended sentence which you are currently serving.”

The defendant is due to turn 18 this month, meaning the ban on identifying him would expire automatically, but his lawyers have applied to extend the reporting restriction.

At a separate hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday, Judge Nicholas Dean QC granted an extension until a hearing where the arguments can be considered in full on 11 January.

The boy had detailed plans to firebomb synagogues and other buildings in the Durham area as part of what he believed was an upcoming “race war”.

Before being arrested, he wrote that his upcoming 12 weeks of study leave would be “showtime”.

He was convicted of six terror offences, including preparing acts of terrorism, disseminating terrorist publications and possessing material for terrorist purposes.

A court heard that he had been “tipped off” by a fellow extremist on the Fascist Forge forum that a police raid was imminent and deleted evidence as a result, but police could not corroborate that claim.

When he was arrested in March 2019, police found a piece of paper in his pocket containing a message in code that said: “Killing is probably easier than your paranoid mind thinks. You’re just not used to it.”

The boy was carrying a drawing of a fellow school pupil being beheaded, because he believed he was gay and deserved “judgement”.

After reading Norway shooter Anders Breivik’s manifesto, he had written his own version entitled: “Storm 88: A manual for practical sensible guerrilla warfare against the k**e [offensive term for a Jewish person] system in Durham city area, sieg hiel.”

It called for lone-wolf terror attacks to fight against a supposed “genocide” of white people and listed proposed attack targets in Durham, including schools, public transport and council buildings.

Writing on the Fascist Forge forum, the teenager claimed a race war was “inevitable”, and called himself an “accelerationist”.

Prosecutors said they had not identified a “particular act or acts” of terrorism that the boy was going to commit, but that he had been preparing for some kind of atrocity since October 2017.

He denied all offences, claiming he had adopted the terrorist persona for “shock value” and did not want to carry out attacks, but was convicted unanimously of all charges in November 2019.

The court heard that the boy had been an “adherent of a right-wing ideology” since the age of 13, and that his views became more extreme as he immersed himself in fascist websites and forums.

By 2017, he was describing himself as a neo-Nazi and operated a since-deleted Twitter account with a handle referring to a British fascist leader.

His racist and homophobic tweets drew the attention of police but when he was interviewed in September that year, he claimed they were posted “for a laugh”.

The teenager initially agreed to take part in the Prevent counter-radicalisation programme but later stopped engaging.

The boy claimed he was not an extremist, but started another Twitter account and continued communicating with contacts, while accessing a “large quantity of extreme right-wing literature” online and in hard copy.

The court heard he had steeped himself in antisemitic conspiracy theories and ranted about Jewish governors at his school, Jewish MPs and the press.

In August 2018, he described himself as a “radical national socialist” and follower of Adolf Hitler, saying he had read Mein Kampf and had a photo of the Nazi leader on his phone.

Prosecutors said the boy obtained and shared terror manuals on making explosives and firearms on the Ironmarch and Fascist Forge online forums, but also drew on jihadi propaganda.

He had searched for Isis execution videos and used al-Qaeda literature, as well as a jihadi guide on making deadly poisons, including ricin.

By November 2018, he had progressed to extreme occult neo-Nazism and voiced support for satanism.

The teenager declared his support for the “siege” ideology, which was started by an American neo-Nazi and advocates the use of terror attacks to trigger a race war.

“Democracy is very much a dead system; political violence therefore, can only help us,” he wrote. “The white race is being silently genocided, the west is dying.”

Sentencing him for the terror offences earlier this year, the previous Recorder of Manchester, Judge David Stockdale QC, found the teenager’s subsequently diagnosed autism spectrum disorder played a part in his offending.

He described the youth as “highly intelligent, widely read, quick-thinking and articulate” but told him that it was “a matter of infinite regret that you pursued at such a young age a twisted and – many would say – a sick ideological path”.

The Independent

Harry Vaughan, 18, arrested by police during a probe into website Fascist Forge
Detectives found memory stick in his bedroom with details of 128 other accounts
Court documents say there was content linked to an American neo-Fascist book
Some was found on USB with Tiffin School in London logo, where Vaughan went

A former pupil at an elite grammar school has admitted downloading and distributing bomb-making manuals.

Harry Vaughan, 18, was arrested by police during a probe into a website named Fascist Forge, which calls itself a ‘home for the 21st century fascist’.

Detectives found a memory stick in his bedroom with details of 128 other internet accounts, including one for System Resistance Network, which supports white supremacy and attacks immigration and gay rights.

Court documents revealed there was also content linked to an American neo-Fascist book called Siege and neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and Satanic material.

Some of it was found on a USB stick carrying the logo of Tiffin School, the grammar Vaughan had attended in Kingston, south-west London.

When he was arrested last June he was studying for A-levels in maths and computer science and was said to be among Tiffin’s best performing pupils.

The school, which counts former England cricket captain Alec Stewart among former pupils, accepts just 140 students a year from 1,300 applicants. It boasts that 85 per cent of its A-level grades are between A* and B.

Police discovered that in January last year, when Vaughan was just 16, he had published three images and a message on Fascist Forge that were intended to encourage terrorism.

He also published two links on the website to a publication called Wrong Hand: popular weapons manuals and their historic challenges to a democratic society.

Police discovered a wealth of terrorist material on his computers, including a manual with chapters on murder, rape, kidnap, arson and bombing.

He also had documents showing how to make ‘new and improved’ C-4 and Semtex plastic explosives and how to construct a homemade detonator.

Further searches of his electronic devices revealed he had downloaded two indecent photographs of children between April 13 and June 14, 2019.

Vaughan, who lives in Twickenham with his parents and two younger sisters, was charged on March 11 this year.

He appeared at Westminster Youth Court yesterday to plead guilty to 12 counts of possessing documents useful for terrorism, two counts of encouraging terrorism and two counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Addressing the teenager’s parents at the back of the court, chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: ‘It is a nightmare situation for parents but it is important that you are here to support him.’ Vaughan will appear at the Old Bailey for sentencing on October 2.

His bail conditions state he is not permitted to delete the internet history on any digital device or to create a social media profile under any name other than his own.

He has to share his browsing history and passwords with police and may not share extreme Right-wing ideology.

And he is not allowed to possess or use any digital device capable of accessing the internet save for a nominated digital device and his family’s smart TV.

Daily Mail

A private investigator who was caught on camera in an anti-Muslim rant against London mayor Sadiq Khan has been found guilty of having terror manuals.

Far right “bigot” Pawel Golaszewski, 34, was stopped by armed police on February 23 in Abbey Road, Leeds, and his computers seized.

Police uncovered a stash of terrorist material, including detailed instructions on how to make weapons and various killing techniques.

Titles included 21 Silent Techniques Of Killing, Improvised Munitions Handbook and The Big Book Of Mischief, the Old Bailey was told.

Golaszewski, of Armley, who was arrested while wearing a Nationwide Security Services uniform, claimed he obtained the documents as research for work as a security guard and private investigator, as well as with his ambition to join the army.

Jurors were told police also seized a folding pocket knife, handcuffs, a survival knife in a sheath, and two smoke grenades, which he claimed were for paint-balling.

Investigators found that, after speaking to the defendant’s work colleagues and analysis of his Facebook account, he had voiced “anti-Muslim and anti-immigration” views.

The defendant described Mr Khan in racist terms in a video retrieved from his hard drive and played to the jury.

In the footage dating back to 2016, he said: “It’s like Islamisation of this country. Muslims, Muslims are everywhere and you know, it’s too much for me.

“I’m not a big fan of them. We don’t have them and we don’t have all these problems in Poland.”

Prosecutor Dan Pawson-Pounds told jurors: “The defendant presents as a deeply bigoted individual, espousing far-right causes and voicing racist, anti-Muslim and anti-immigration views.”

“The Crown’s position is that there can be no legitimate reason for someone working in this industry, as a security guard or front door bouncer, to need to possess such material.

“The world would be a very dangerous place if that was a legitimate reason.”

Golaszewski, of Wensleydale Mews, Armley, denied six counts of possessing terrorist documents, but was found guilty of all counts after a jury deliberated over two days.

Judge Rebecca Poulet QC adjourned sentencing until Friday.

Yorkshire Post