Neo-nazi Jack Renshaw guilty of preparing an act of terrorism and making threats to kill, after HOPE not hate source exposed his plot.
Christopher Lythgoe and Matthew Hankinson also found guilty of membership of banned neo-nazi organisation National Action, after evidence provided to the police by HOPE not hate.
HOPE not hate deputy director Jemma Levene said:
“Neo-nazi Jack Renshaw is GUILTY of preparing acts of terrorism. He now faces years in jail.
“Renshaw planned to murder his local MP and a female police officer. He was stopped in his tracks by HOPE not hate and the bravery of one of our sources, Robbie Mullen, who broke cover to tell the authorities about the plot.
“Additional information from Robbie has resulted in National Action leader Christopher Lythgoe receiving an eight-year sentence for membership of a proscribed terrorist group.
“This case should remind everyone of the ongoing threat posed by the British far right. While numerically small and splintered, the British far right is growing in violence. This case has brought National Action to its knees, but we must remain vigilant to the far right’s ongoing threat. With such confrontational and violent rhetoric, much of it around an impending civil war, we can sadly expect others on the British far right to move towards terrorism.
“This case should also be a timely reminder about how antisemitism continues to be at the very heart of this movement. Renshaw was convicted earlier this year for vile antisemitic speeches. He told the court that he wanted to kill Rosie Cooper because she was the local representative of the Jewish-controlled state.
“Society owes a debt of gratitude to Robbie Mullen for the brave work he’s undertaken, at great sacrifice to himself. He had to walk out of his job, go into hiding and now has to spend the rest of his life knowing that there’s a target on his back. He knew the risks he was taking by stepping forward to give evidence, but he knew he had to save Rosie’s life.
“HOPE not hate has been central to this story for more than a year now – from revealing the plot to the police through to giving evidence in court. We never stopped monitoring National Action, even after they were proscribed, so today’s conviction of Lythgoe and Matthew Hankinson was particularly pleasing.
“For legal reasons there’s a limit to what more we’re allowed to say about this case, but when we can update further we will.”
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