Violent neo-Nazi terror group who wanted to start an ethnic ‘race war’ jailed
Four members of an extremist neo-Nazi group described as a “racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation” have been jailed today.
The three men and one woman were found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court after a previous trial resulted in a hung jury in June last year.
The four individuals – obsessed with “violent ethnic cleansing” – were accused of planning to ignite a “holy war” against Jews, Asians, homosexuals, and black people in the UK.
The second nine-week trial was the culmination of a two year investigation into right-wing terrorism which had already seen eight people imprisoned for National Action membership as well as other offences.
National Action was formed in 2013 and in December 2016 became the first organisation to be banned by the government since World War II.
Head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, said:
“National Action is an extreme right wing neo-Nazi group.
“Their ambition is to prepare for a race war by amassing weapons and trying to recruit others by the spread of their extreme ideology.
“They share a real toxic extreme ideology which is a danger to the public, the same ideology that we have seen manifested in the tragic attack in New Zealand, the murder of Jo Cox MP and the attack at Finsbury Park mosque in 2017.”
The group became members of National Action pre-proscription and regularly met to share their extreme ideology and attend demonstrations, however when the organisation was banned, they continued to communicate covertly using encrypted messaging platforms.
They held secret meetings to discuss their ambitions for a race war whilst recruiting other young people to the group, sharing intensely shocking images mocking the holocaust and glorifying Hitler.
The extremist group re-formed as the Triple K Mafia, a nod to the white supremacist hate group Ku Klux Klan, and described themselves as “Adolf’s top bois”.
And today group leaders Alice Cutter, aged 24, and her partner 25-year-old Mark Jones, both from Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax were jailed for three years and five and a half years respectively.
Alice Cutter and Mark Jones had amassed an arsenal of weapons and were obsessed with ‘violent ethnic cleansing’ across the UK according to detectives who worked on the case.
Alice Cutter’s views on Jews were extreme and she chatted about a football game in a private conversation where she described the football as being the decapitated head of a Jew which “got a good kicking every time”.
Mark Jones, who was in the youth wing of the British National Party when he was a teenager, had met Alice Cutter after she entered a Miss Hitler beauty contest as ‘Buchenwald Princess’, named after the German prison camp where thousands of Jews were killed during WWII.
In a message to her lover she wrote:
“I want to smack my race into reality, we are so pure and cute, why can we not gas the f***ing invaders, I am unsure.”
Police also discovered chilling words on Alice Cutter’s phone which referred to a race war: “Don’t worry it’s coming” and “The storm is coming”.
Garry Jack, aged 24 from Heathland Avenue, Shard End, Birmingham was jailed for four and a half years and Connor Scothern, aged 19 from Bagnall Avenue, Arnold, Nottingham, received an 18 month jail term.
They were told they will have to serve at least two thirds of their sentence before they can apply for parole.
Daniel Ward, aged 29 from Highmore Drive, Bartley Green, Birmingham, pleaded guilty at a previous court hearing and was jailed for three years on 19 July last year.
Ward described himself as “white English from Birmingham” and considered himself “fanatical” in his views on race.
One of his messages was intercepted by police and it made a chilling reference to a ‘race war’:
“We are at war and it’s time for me to fight for my children’s future and the future of our people. I am 100% committed and genuine.
“All I have to offer is my thirst for gratuitous violence!
“If I can be of any help to you guys, I’m in.”
Detective Bell said: “We have seen a significant increase of right-wing referrals to our Prevent programme and we will investigate the threat as robustly as we would any other terrorist group, as well as training our officers on the signs to look out for and working with communities to increase awareness.
“Terrorists and extremists use this kind of ideology to create discord, distrust and fear among our communities and we strive to counter this.
“I would encourage people to report hate crime to us and it will be taken seriously.”
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