An Essex family accused of links to the neo-Nazi music scene appeared in court accused of stirring up racial hatred via music.
Counter-terror police disclosed on November 22 that charges against 53-year-old Robert Talland included disseminating terrorist publications – a breach of Section 2 of the Terrorism Act. A further charge concerns an alleged offence to stir up racial hatred – a Section 23 offence under the Public Order Act 1986.
Robert Talland appeared at the Old Bailey alongside his 31-year-old daughter Rosie and his 33-year-old son Stephen. The children of Robert Talland face charges related to stirring up racial hatred after they allegedly performed in the neo-Nazi rock band Embers Of An Empire at a social club in Leeds last October.
The allegations draw attention to the activities of the record label Rampage Productions, linked to the infamous Blood and Honour neo-Nazi music scene.
The family members stand accused of conspiracy to distribute a recording of a track by the band Embers of an Empire between January 1, 2019, and October 10, 2020.
All three were granted conditional at the hearing, where they spoke only to confirm their names, with a provisional trial date set for October 23, 2023, at Woolwich Crown Court.
The Evening Standard revealed that they are banned from engaging with the yearly commemorative events for Ian Stuart Donaldson, of Britain’s most notorious neo-Nazi hate rock band, Skrewdriver – who died in a car crash in 1993. Donaldson also helped establish the Blood and Honour music scene in the 1980s.
A second bail condition imposed upon the Talland family prevents them from engaging, distributing or organising Blood and Honour or Rampage Productions-related events or music.