FAR-RIGHT THREAT TO KILL CHIEF CON­STA­BLE

Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Knowles

A NEO-Nazi group has threat­ened to kill one of Bri­tain’s top po­lice of­fi­cers.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion branded Chief Con­sta­ble Dave Thomp­son, left, a “race traitor” and mocked up an ex­e­cu­tion scene pic­ture – sim­i­lar to a threat made to Prince Harry last year

by teenage neo-Nazi thugs. The in­ter­na­tional group, which the Daily Ex­press is choos­ing not to name to avoid giv­ing it pub­lic­ity, also called West Mid­lands Po­lice sta­tions “high value tar­gets”. It posted their ad­dresses online.

Its mem­bers is­sued the spe­cific threat against West Mid­lands Po­lice Chief Con­sta­ble Mr Thomp­son af­ter counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cers ar­rested a Right-wing ex­trem­ist.

The sus­pect was be­lieved to be plot­ting an atroc­ity in the UK ear­lier this month.

The force yesterday con­firmed that it is hunt­ing “those re­spon­si­ble for the posts”, which ap­peared on the en­crypted text mes­sag­ing ser­vice Tele­gram.

On Septem­ber 13, the ex­trem­ists posted a pic­ture of the Chief Con­sta­ble with a gun pointed at his head. He was branded a “race traitor” in the online pro­pa­ganda.

The group also pub­lished racist in­sults and the ad­dresses of po­lice sta­tions across the West Mid­lands, as well as cus­tody suites and train­ing cen­tres.

Its lead­ers added that “the peo­ple work­ing in these build­ings are race traitors” and de­scribed far-Right ex­trem­ists as “white free­dom fight­ers”.

The group stated that the po­lice sta­tions should be “con­sid­ered high value tar­gets to any lo­cal NS [Na­tional So­cial­ist]”.

The writer signed off the post by say­ing: “**** their badges, **** the rule of law, Heil Hitler, and re­mem­ber the names of these traitors.”

In two sep­a­rate pro­pa­ganda posters also pub­lished to the group’s fol­low­ers on its Tele­gram ac­count, it called for the re­lease of a Right-wing ex­trem­ist or “your heads will be our agenda” and threat­ened Mr Thomp­son.

The posts were spot­ted by ex­perts at in­ter­na­tional mon­i­tor­ing group the Counter Ex­trem­ism Project and passed on to the Daily Ex­press.

A West Mid­lands Po­lice spokesman said: “West Mid­lands Po­lice is aware of of­fen­sive im­ages re­lat­ing specif­i­cally to the force on so­cial me­dia. En­quiries are on­go­ing to trace those re­spon­si­ble for the posts.”

Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Bran­don Lewis said: “Any threat to our po­lice of­fi­cers is de­spi­ca­ble.

De­spi­ca­ble

“They work tire­lessly to keep us all safe and we con­tinue to sup­port them as they work to tackle crime and the ter­ror­ist threat in all its forms.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion comes as the UK’s head of counter-ter­ror­ism Neil Basu yesterday re­vealed seven of the 22 ter­ror plots foiled since March 2017 were linked to Rightwing ex­trem­ism.

Around 80 ac­tive ter­ror probes were linked to the far-Right.

An ex­pert last night branded the neo-Nazi group threat­en­ing the Chief Con­sta­ble as the “most ex­treme of the ex­treme” and warned it wants a “race war”.

It has mem­bers in the UK, Amer­ica, Canada, Es­to­nia and Ger­many. The group has cel­e­brated An­ders Breivik, the far-Right ter­ror­ist who com­mit­ted the 2011 Nor­way at­tacks.

Breivik mas­sa­cred 77 peo­ple, af­ter tar­get­ing Nor­way’s govern­ment and Labour Party.

The group also salutes Bren­ton Tar­rant, who mur­dered 51 peo­ple in the Christchur­ch mosque at­tacks in March.

It has also been linked to a plot to blow up a syn­a­gogue and a gay club in Las Ve­gas.

The group has re­port­edly

called for the deaths of Euro­pean Par­lia­ment politi­cian Guy Ver­hof­s­tadt and YouTube chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Su­san Wo­j­ci­cki.

Joshua Fisher-Birch, a re­search an­a­lyst at the Counter Ex­trem­ism Project in New York, said: “This is a small group, but they have a very rad­i­cal ide­ol­ogy.

“Even among the ex­treme right, it can be hard for them to find re­cruits. They want a race war. They want to com­mit ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

“This is dif­fer­ent from other groups. They have an ‘ac­cel­er­a­tionist’ ide­ol­ogy.

“They think they need to bring this about, they think it is their duty.”

Teenage neo-Nazis made a sim­i­lar threat to Prince Harry just months af­ter he mar­ried Meghan Markle last year.

One poster showed the Duke of Sus­sex with a gun pointed at his head with blood splat­ters. It in­cluded the cap­tion: “See ya later, race traitor.”

Michal Szewczuk and Oskar Dunn-Koc­zorowski were both jailed in June af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Szewczuk was sen­tenced to four years be­hind bars and Dunn-Koc­zorowski re­ceiv­ing an 18-month de­ten­tion and train­ing or­der.

Af­ter set­ting up online ac­counts for the self-styled Son­nenkrieg Divi­sion last year, the pair shared a se­ries of pro­pa­ganda posters fea­tur­ing swastikas and the Nazi “black sun” sym­bol along­side their own logo.

In that case, judge Re­becca Poulet QC said: “The posts I have seen and read are ab­hor­rent as well as crim­i­nal by rea­son of their clear in­ten­tion to en­cour­age ter­ror­ist acts.”

Mr Fisher-Birch added: “The Prince Harry in­ci­dent is pretty sim­i­lar to this threat.

“I think it should be treated in a sim­i­lar way.

“In this case, this group is urg­ing vi­o­lence against a spe­cific in­di­vid­ual, a po­lice of­fi­cer, which is a very se­ri­ous of­fence.

“I hope, as a re­sult, Bri­tish and Amer­i­can law en­force­ment pay close at­ten­tion to the group, to pos­si­ble mem­bers of the group, and what they hope to ac­com­plish.”

He added: “There are other far-Right groups that might be white su­prem­a­cists, they might even be neo-Nazis, but they won’t take those steps.

Thrives

“This is the type of group who do not want to par­tic­i­pate in any type of pol­i­tics.

“They are the most ex­treme of the ex­treme.

“This group has said it wants vi­o­lence, it en­dorses the use of vi­o­lence, it has en­cour­aged their mem­bers and sup­port­ers to use vi­o­lence.

“This group re­ally loves pub­lic­ity, it is what it thrives on.”

THE hero­ism of Bri­tons who fought to free Europe from the evils of fas­cism in the Sec­ond World War will never be for­got­ten, but the odi­ous ide­ol­ogy that fu­elled the Holo­caust con­tin­ues to poi­son minds. It is fright­en­ing to learn that a neo-Nazi group threat­ened to kill Chief Con­sta­ble Dave Thomp­son of West Mid­lands Po­lice. Fa­nat­ics branded him a “race-traitor” and mocked up an ex­e­cu­tion scene.

This sur­faced just as the UK’s head of counter ter­ror­ism has re­vealed that seven of the 22 ter­ror plots foiled since March 2017 were linked to Right-wing ex­trem­ism.

The bat­tle against all forms of fas­cism must be fought anew in each gen­er­a­tion. If ex­trem­ism is al­lowed to take root in our com­mu­ni­ties the con­se­quences will be tragic and ter­ri­fy­ing.

Threat­ened... Chief Con­sta­ble Dave Thomp­son

Harry threat: Michal Szewczuk and Oskar Dunn-Koc­zorowski

Poster pub­lished by the group

Pic­ture: REX

Grow­ing threat...far-Right demon­stra­tors march in cen­tral Lon­don fol­low­ing the ter­ror at­tack in West­min­ster in 2017

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