Neo-Nazi arrests: National Action suspects are in the Army – BBC News

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Image caption A march, organised under the banner ad of National Action, was held within Newcastle in 2015

Four providing members of the Army have been caught under anti-terror laws on mistrust of being members of banned neo-Nazi group National Action.

A fifth person – the civilian – has also been arrested on a single charge. One of the soldiers was held by the Royal Military Police within Cyprus.

The busts were pre-planned and intelligence-led, plus there had been no threat in order to public safety, police said.

The Army said this had supported the operation.

Four of the many men being held at a West Midlands police station.

Law enforcement said they were a 22-year-old through Birmingham, a 32-year-old from Powys, a 24-year-old from Ipswich along with a 24-year-old from Northampton.

Police are continuing to find several properties.

The Ministry of Defence spokesman verified the man detained in Cyprus have been held at the island’s British Dhekelia base before being transferred to RAF Akrotiri, from where he will be flown to the UK.

Properties searched

Plenty spokesman said: “We can confirm that the number of serving members of the Military have been arrested under the Terrorism Action for being associated with a proscribed far-right team.

“This is now the topic of a civilian police investigation and it also would be inappropriate to comment more. ”

Three from the servicemen are believed to be from the Regal Anglian Regiment.

The men are being held upon suspicion of being concerned in the percentage, preparation and instigation of works of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000; specifically on suspicion of being members of the proscribed organisation.


Who are National Activity?

By Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs reporter

National Motion became the first British neo-Nazi team to be banned last December right after Home Secretary Amber Rudd stated it was promoting violence and works of terrorism.

Members and supporters applauded the particular murder of Jo Cox MEGA-PIXEL by a white supremacist – as well as the group had carried out a series of little, but confrontational, demonstrations in cities and cities throughout England.

One of its most well known events saw masked members : many of them very young men – collecting outside York Minster to make Hitler salutes.

As it was banned, detectives have been performing more and more investigations into the group which usually, to all intents and purposes, provides organised itself in a similar way to the prohibited al Muhajiroun network – the particular extremist Islamist youth movement.

Both have used social media marketing to target young people, attracting them with the simplistic us-and-them message designed to get them to angry.


Being a member of – or even inviting support for – the proscribed organisation is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

You will find 71 such groups listed by the Home Workplace on its register .

They include a selection of international and national groups, which National Action was the first far-right team to be banned .

William Baldet, a co-ordinator for the government’s counter-terrorism strategy called Prevent, said about a third from the cases dealt with through the scheme had been related to far right and intense right-wing groups.

“National Action are explicitly neo-Nazi, inch he told Radio 4’s EVENING programme.

“It’s a white supremacist organisation that will sees the extinction of white-colored people as a very real plus likely possibility. ”

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Image caption The group messaged about the killing of Jo Cox MP

National Action describes itself like a “National Socialist youth organisation” plus says its movement is targeted at the “broken right-wing”.

The official register says it was set up in 2013 and has branches over the UK which “conduct provocative road demonstrations and stunts aimed at overwhelming local communities”.

The online material contains extremely chaotic imagery and language and it condones and glorifies those who have used intense violence for political or ideological ends, the Home Office says.

That included twitter posts in 2016 about the murder associated with Labour MP Jo Cox, who was stabbed and shot by Thomas Mair . One such tweet said there have been “only 649 MPs to go”.

Ms Rudd known as it “a racist, anti-Semitic plus homophobic organisation”.

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