FAR-RIGHT THREAT TO KILL CHIEF CONSTABLE
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.
“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.
“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
Growing threat...far-Right demonstrators march in central London following the terror attack in Westminster in 2017