Nazi supporter of National Action convicted for stirring up anti-Semitic hate

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A self-professed Nazi who gave speeches describing Jewish people as “parasites” has been convicted of stirring up racial hatred today (8 January).

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made one of the speeches on the Blackpool promenade in March 2016 at a far right demonstration, during which he stated that Adolf Hitler had got it wrong by showing mercy to Jewish people.

In another speech at a gathering of far right groups in North Yorkshire, he said that Jewish people did not deserve to be shown any mercy and needed to be eradicated. He went on to explain his support for the neo-Nazi group National Action and was in effect recruiting new members for them. The group was later banned in the UK and is now classified as a terrorist organisation.

After the speech, he answered questions from the audience and repeated his inflammatory statements. The CPS argued that it was clear the purpose of the speech was to get the audience to agree with his point of view and therefore he was stirring up racial hatred.

He accepted making both speeches and acknowledged that he was a Nazi who hated Jewish people but denied inciting hatred at Preston Crown Court.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Sue Hemming from the CPS said: “When making those speeches this man intended to stir up hatred and he wanted others to hate Jewish people like he does. The CPS explained in court that his remarks went beyond protected free speech and crossed the line into vilifying a group using threatening and abusive language at public meetings. Clearly the jury agreed.”

Notes to editors

  1. The man was charged with two counts:
    • On the 12 March 2016 gave a speech at the “North West Infidels” demonstration in Blackpool and used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour intending thereby to stir up racial hatred or, having regard to all the circumstances, whereby racial hatred was likely to be stirred up, contrary to Section 18(1) of the Public Order Act 1986.
    • Between the 15th day of June 2015 and the 18th day of November 2016 gave a speech at the “Yorkshire Forum for Nationalists” in North Yorkshire and used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour intending there by to stir up racial hatred or, having regard to all the circumstances, whereby racial hatred was likely to be stirred up, contrary to section 18(1) of the Public Order Act 1986.
  2. There are reporting restrictions in place preventing publication of the defendant’s identity as it would pose a substantial risk of prejudice to him and the administration of justice in respect of other proceedings pending and/or imminent.
  3. Sue Hemming is Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS.
  4. National Action was founded in 2013 and has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the UK since December 2016.

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