Serving British Police officer convicted of terror activities
London April 1, 2021 (AltAfrica)– A serving British police officer (Met Police officer ) has been convicted of being a member of a banned neo-Nazi terrorist organisation.
Benjamin Hannam, of Enfield, north London, was found guilty of membership of the banned right-wing extremist group National Action (NA).
PC Hannam, who worked with the emergency response team in Haringey, north London, joined the Met in March 2018.
The 22-year-old British police officer is the first police officer to be convicted of involvement in far-right terrorism.
He was also convicted of lying on his Met Police application and having terror documents detailing knife combat and making explosive devices.
National Action was proscribed by the government as a terrorist group on 16 December 2016.
The 22-year-old was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of being a member of National Action, a proscribed terrorist organisation, along with two counts of possessing documents useful for terrorism and for fraud.
After the police constable’s arrest in March last year, detectives found an image on his iPhone showing him in police uniform, with a Hitler-style moustache superimposed on his face and a Nazi badge on his lapel.
They also found he had downloaded a knife-fighting manual and a copy of the “manifesto” of the right-wing extremist Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people, mostly children, in bomb and gun attacks in Norway in 2011.Advertisement
Prosecutors said the Breivik document included bomb-making instructions and “exhaustive justifications for his mass-casualty attacks”.
But the Old Bailey heard how a month later, on 15 January 2017, Hannam travelled to Swindon to meet other members of the group.
He attended a number of meetings with group members in the months after – and participated in a filming session for a video promoting an off-shoot of National Action called NS131.
The court was shown videos of Hannam in physical activity sessions, including boxing, with members of the group in woodland.
Further videos showed Hannam and others in the group in Swindon, painting graffiti of the NS131 logo on walls at two locations around the town.
Those activities took place just weeks before he applied to join the Metropolitan Police in July 2017.
Hannam told the court his interest in fascism started because he liked the “bold look” of Nazi propaganda posters.
He said he suffered from autism, which made him obsessive about downloading material.
When police searched his bedroom after his arrest they found a number of Nazi propaganda posters on his bedroom wall.
He was released on conditional bail ahead of sentencing on 23 April.