Four members of a neo-Nazi terror cell who manufactured weapons and advocated racist violence have been jailed for over thirty years today (June 23).
We previously covered how Daniel Wright, Liam Hall, Stacey Salmon and Samuel Whibley were found guilty of eighteen offences in March.
The prosecution described them as an “extreme fascist cell” in early 2021, who used the encrypted messaging app Telegram to share terrorist materials, further their violent, racist ideology, and encourage others to commit violence until an undercover police officer infiltrated the page.
Officers from Counter Terrorism Police North East recovered a partially-built 3D-printed gun from the home of Stacey Salmon and her partner Liam Hall. Specialist analysis of the firearm revealed that whilst incomplete; it would otherwise be lethal if fully assembled.
Officers also recovered other weapons, practical guides for making explosives, chemicals, and neo-Nazi propaganda, following searches of different addresses.
Samuel Whibley, from Angelsey in Wales, previously admitted to distributing the terrorist manual of the notorious US-based neo-Nazi James Mason.
The white supremacist terrorist who murdered 51 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, gained reverence from those in the group chat, alongside the livestream of the murders.
Every member of the terror group was 29, aside from 31-year-old Liam Hall – from Hill Top Walk in Keighley, West Yorkshire, who received a six-year prison sentence for the manufacturing of a firearm in breach of Section 5(2A) of the Firearms Act 1968, and possessing a gun, contrary to S5 (1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968.
Stacey Salmon, of the same Hill Top Walk address, was guilty of possessing a firearm contrary to Section 5(1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968 and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Daniel Wright of Whinfield Avenue in Keighley, West Yorkshire, found guilty of seven offences, received a 12-year sentence, and will be subject to a Serious Crime Prevention Order and a Part 4 Notification Order (which runs for thirty years) upon leaving prison.
For Samuel Whibley, of Derwen Deg, Menai Bridge in the Isle of Anglesey, he was found guilty of eight terrorism offences that included the encouragement of terrorism (contrary to Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006) and the dissemination of a terrorist material to encourage terrorism, in breach of Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. Following the ten-year prison sentence, he will receive a Serious Crime Prevention Order and a thirty-year Part 4 Notification Order.
T/ Detective Chief Superintendent Peter Craig, the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said in a statement: “Today’s outcome highlights the seriousness of the offences committed by these individuals and the verdict reached by the Jury in March.
“We work tirelessly to identify individuals who have an extremist mindset and threaten the safety and unity of our diverse communities.
“Anyone found to be engaging in terrorist activity, or violent extremism in any form, can expect to be identified and put before the courts.”
Tell MAMA welcomes the prison sentences, demonstrating how neo-Nazis and white supremacists online continue to pose a deeply concerning threat to Muslims and other minorities across the UK, with several other recent convictions showing a deeply worrying trend.