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Warrington based ‘Neo-Nazi’ leader accused of terror plot to kill Labour MP

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A NEO-Nazi from Warrington has appeared in court accused of plotting to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a machete.

A total of six men, three from Warrington, appeared in court charged with being members of banned Neo-Nazi terror group National Action.

A 22-year-old man from Lancashire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism and threats to kill a policewoman.

Alleged National Action leader Christopher Lythgoe, 31, of Warrington, is charged with encouraging the 22-year-old to commit murder.

Altogether, six men appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court, all accused of belonging to the banned far-right group National Action.

All six men have indicated, through lawyers, they are to plead not guilty.

The six men are:

  • Christopher Lythgoe, 31, of Warrington, Cheshire
  • A 22-year-old man, of Lancashire
  • Garron Helm, 24, of Seaforth, Merseyside
  • Matthew Hankinson, 23, of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside
  • Andrew Clarke, 33, of Warrington
  • Michael Trubini, 35, of Warrington

The 22-year-old man is alleged to have bought a Gladius Machete between 5 June and 3 July, for the purposes of murdering West Lancashire MP Ms Cooper.

All six men were remanded in custody until a pre-trial hearing takes place at the Old Bailey on November 3

The charges follow a number of raids across England and Wales by counter-terrorism officers as part of a national investigation into National Action.

In December last year, National Action became the first far-right group to be banned in the UK.

 

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