UK Police Officer Who Was Member Of Right-Wing Terrorist Group National Action Faces Jail

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National Action, a white supremacist group, was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in 2016. Several of its members have since been convicted of terrorist crimes.

A serving police officer has been convicted of being a member of the right-wing terrorist organisation National Action.

Benjamin Hannam, 22, was also convicted of lying on police application and vetting forms about his membership to the group.

​Hannam was charged following an investigation by the Met’s counter-terrorism unit, which itself came after the Iron March database was linked, which led to him being identified.

He was convicted of being part of National Action between 17 December 2016 and 1 January 2018, contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.


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Benjamin Hannam, who joined the police after being in National Action

It emerged during his trial that Hannam had accessed a manifesto written by Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who murdered 77 people in a series of attacks in 2011.

​The extremist group was outlawed under terrorism legislation in December 2016.

In 2018 National Action member Jack Renshaw was jailed for plotting to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a machete.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the counter-terrorism unit, said: “There is nothing to indicate Benjamin Hannam was part of a deliberate infiltration or carried out any activity…

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