Men fascinated by mass killer Anders Breivik targeted mosques
Western Morning News
August 24, 2013
A young fascist with a fascination for Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik has admitted plotting to damage mosques. John Roddy and his friend Tobias Ruth daubed racist graffiti on an Islamic Centre in Torbay and sent threatening messages. They were both warned they faced jail after Roddy admitted having a terror manual on his computer.
The pair were arrested in January after an area of Torbay was sealed off by armed police who feared they may be dealing with a terrorist cell. Roddy’s laptop contained an "al-Qaeda training manual" and Breivik's '2083 A European Declaration of Independence'. Breivik was the inspiration of the plotters, who daubed the letters KT 2083, standing for Knights Templar, and referring to the mass killer’s manifesto.
Roddy, 20, of Lymington Road, Torquay, and Ruth, 19, of Morgan Avenue, Torquay, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause criminal damage and to send articles containing threats which were intended to cause distress. Roddy also admitted an offence under the Terrorism Act of possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, bailed the men at Exeter Crown Court but warned them they faced jail when they return for sentence next month. He said: ”These are serious offences for which they must expect immediate custody. I warn them that all options including custody are open.” Lee Bremridge, defending Roddy, asked said he hoped to present medical evidence showing his client suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome or autism. He said: ”He lives with his family in Torquay and there is a considerable background as far as his health is concerned. I suggest a report will be needed in respect of Asperger’s Syndrome and there is a suggestion autism as well."
The case was transferred back to Exeter after initially being heard at the Old Bailey in London because of it was classified as terrorist crime. It arose from a police inquiry into racist graffiti attacks in Brixham and Torquay from July 2012 to this January. Racist slogans had been daubed in red paint on Torquay's Islamic Centre and threatening notes were sent to mosques elsewhere in Britain including Brighton and Plymouth.
Roddy was arrested in early January on suspicion of criminal damage in Torquay after another graffiti attack on a billboard. He had a red spray can with him and the paint on the billboard was still wet. His family home in the seaside town was searched and prosecutor Michael Atkinson told an earlier hearing that material including ingredients used in making explosives were seized. At the time police said these ingredients could cause a "substantial explosion". During the police raid the bomb squad was also called in and the area around Roddy's home was evacuated.
Slogans daubed in the area included "Die Ragheads", "Pakis go home" and "BNP for life - KT". Police also found references to body armour and how to manage a terror organisation including dealing with surveillance and counter surveillance. Officers also found magazines and papers with letters missing which had been used to write five notes in envelopes sent to mosques threatening them to "leave town or there will be hell to pay". The pair were targeting Muslim places of worship. After Breiviks killing of 77 people in Norway, both men performed an initiation ceremony during which they branded each other on the arm with a cross.
After the hearing Devon and Cornwall police Detective Inspector Costa Nassaris said: "The police worked closely with other agencies to ensure any risk was dealt with at the time. Although one of the offences is under the Terrorism Act it is important to maintain a perspective on this and I can reassure people that there was not an immediate risk of serious harm to the general public. The two men referred to themselves as Knights Templar and demonstrated an extreme right ideology with a particular hatred of Islam but in reality there were not part of a wider more organised group. The letters sent to the mosques caused particular distress and I am glad we are now able to reassure those victims that the offenders have been dealt with. The police will deal robustly with any attempts to spread religious discord within our community."
I've never heard of anyone with Asberger's being such a cunt.
Tommy Robinson arrested on march
7 Sep 2013
The English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, who is also known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested in London on a controversial march that was prevented from going through the centre of one of Britain's biggest Muslim communities. A tweet on the EDL website stated: "Tommy's been arrested for incitement."
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "A 30-year-old man was arrested for breaching section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 and inciting others to breach section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986. He has been taken to a central London police station where he currently remains."
The guy's a professional criminal. He gets arrested all the time, then appeals for money from his bigoted scumbag followers. And they cough up, every time!
EDL supporter planned 'Columbine-inspired attack' on school
2 Oct 2013
A 16-YEAR-OLD neo-Nazi from Loughborough plotted a Columbine-inspired school massacre using pipe bombs, knives, and a crossbow, the Old Bailey heard this week. The English Defence League supporter stockpiled home-made bombs, terrorist manuals, and an array of weapons as he planned attacks on his former school and the college where he was studying for his A-Levels, the court was told on Wednesday.
He kept a notebook of potential targets, including Loughborough Mosque, REEL cinema, Loughborough University and council offices, and dubbed plans for an armed assault on his former school as ‘the new Columbine’, it is said. Inspired by the violent Nick Cave film Outlaw and Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Batman nemesis the Joker in the Dark Knight, the teen allegedly drew up a list of teachers and pupils he wanted to murder.
He scrawled the mantra ‘When order fails, violence prevails’ in his notebook, which had Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara on the front alongside slogans including ‘EDL: No Surrender’, ‘British and Proud’, and Nazi Swastika drawings. The teenager, who is now 17 and cannot be named because of his age, had a Nazi flag above his bed and wrote essays on his hatred of Muslims.
“You will be considering whether he is just a misfit, or whether he is something altogether more sinister and serious,” said prosecutor Max Hill QC. “In light of the items he assembled, bombs etc, in light of what he wrote in this notebook, you need to consider whether he was in fact arrested in February this year before he could pursue any further a plan for, or intention, either to terrorise pupils and staff at his college against whom he bore a grudge, or whether he wanted to target other locations.”
The teenager, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, is accused of plotting a terrorist attack, having a terrorist manual, and possessing parts for an improvised explosive. He and two other 17-year-old boys have already admitted possessing petrol bombs and pipe bombs.
Mr Hill said the ‘sheer weight’ of weapons the defendant is accused of possessing at his home in Loughborough set him apart from the other two boys. “For any average young man, that list is startling,” he said. "The eye stops at references to partially assembled petrol bombs, it stops upon the reference to pipe bombs, and upon the stab proof vest, on firearms and rifle pistols and the crossbow.”
The jury were shown extracts from the teenager’s notebook, allegedly outlining his attack plans. He wrote: ‘Before we go into school gates, enter block and chain both exits shut. Enter each classroom taking out the teachers. Use explosives to eliminate most of the students.’
Mr Hill said: “What does he mean by plans and tactics for operation the new Columbine? Columbine is a high school in Colorado, USA, which was the scene of an infamous mass shooting in 1999. Two students of the college entered and killed more than a dozen of their fellow students and ultimately committed suicide on their own school premises.”
The defendant had drawn in his notebook stick figures with arrows showing where knives, a machete, a sawn-off air rifle, ammunition, and pipe bombs would be concealed inside a trench coat, the court heard. Mr Hill said other parts of the book contain rantings against Muslims, calling for mass deportation to ‘stop the spread of Sharia law’.
“He is talking about British and European people rising up and fighting Islamic fascism that is sweeping the world,” said Mr Hill. “He is a member of the EDL Leicester division and a supporter of the Knights Templar, which we suggest are far right wing British National movements.”
In amongst plans to make bombs out of jerry cans, which could be detonated by mobile phone, the teenager wrote about planning to bomb Loughborough Mosque, the court heard. He wrote: ‘There’s too many Muslims in the UK and Europe, so we must stop them coming over here and send the ones already over here back home before they take over European governments and put Sharia Law in place.’
The teenager, who is supported in the dock by an intermediary because of his Asperger’s, denies possessing an article for a purpose connected with terrorism, possessing a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, and possessing an article for a purpose connected with terrorism. He has pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon.
The would-be terrorist and his two pals dubbed themselves the United Revolutionary Army as they experimented with making and detonating home-made bombs, the court heard. The 16-year-old and his two co-defendant donned balaclavas for a series of videos of them preparing Molotov cocktails out of wine bottles and white spirit. In the first video, shot on February 16 last year, the defendant tells the camera: “This is the URA’s second attempt at a petrol bomb.” His friend, also covering his face with a balaclava, then prepares the home-made bomb before throwing it at a wall where it explodes into flames.
Jurors heard the bomb tests were filmed at the back of a leisure centre in Loughborough, which is also home to a creche, between February and April last year. “This is part of the evidence which shows possession of, and through the films, use of explosives,” said Mr Hill. “These items are clearly dangerous, they clearly explode, causing fire and damage. You will have to consider making the allowances for a young defendant, but you have to also consider was this merely play on the part of the defendant and his friends or was it actually preparation for something more, bearing in mind what we know about him.”
Mr Hill said the URA graffiti has been seen sprayed on walls around Loughborough, and is believed to have been created by the defendant. “They identify themselves as the Urban Revolutionary Army,” he said. “It appears to be the name the defendant created for themselves. Sometime the R stands for ‘rebel’ rather than ‘revolutionary’.”
Mr Hill conceded that the videos are at times ‘funny’ and the attempts to make home-made bombs ‘haphazard’. But he added: “Is this done for laughs, all self-amusement and clowning around, or does this support the conclusion it was for something more?” The defendant even jokes to his pals on one of the videos: “If I die during this, split my guns between you.”
The jury were shown more of the teenager’s Che Guevara notebook, in which he is allegedly justifying his potential terrorist targets. He said his second target after Loughborough Mosque is his community college, the court heard. “He describes the reasons as personal rather than political, the choice was due to bad experiences he says he has had there,” said Mr Hill.
The teenager is then alleged to outline reasons for targeting Loughborough University, where he had been on work experience. “It is a reference which may be informative and may in fact be rather chilling,” said Mr Hill. Mr Hill said the teenager claimed he still had a university uniform which could potentially help gain access to certain areas which most people would not be allowed into.
The boy wanted to target the Reel Cinema in Castle Market, Loughborough, because of ‘the attitude of the staff and the prices of items’, the court heard. He selected his sixth form college as a possible target if they did not accept him on his GCSE results.
In text messages to one of his co-defendants, the teen is said to further outline his racist ideology. ‘What black friends? I have hardly any friends and they don’t belong here,’ he says. ‘It’s called nationalism mate,’ he continues. ‘Don’t believe the propaganda on the news and on the street. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your race and being willing to fight for it.’ He also writes in his notebook: ‘I don’t hate all Muslims, just the extremists, and the ones who think they can come to our country and do what they like.’
'What we’re really against is extremism...' The complex world of former EDL leader Tommy Robinson revealed
8 October 2013
Any attempt to take a nuanced approach to the English Defence League and its supporters’ beliefs is rapidly defeated if you attend an EDL rally. At a recent march near London’s Tower Bridge, the chants included “Mohammed was a paedo – la la la la” and “Shove your fuckin’ Islam [repeat thrice] up your arse”.
For most, such attitudes have long been embodied in the figure of the movement’s leader, Tommy Robinson, whose name is associated in the public mind with words like “racist”, “thug” and “fascist”. But the Luton-based agitator has more recently taken to expressing some unexpected views. In an interview with The Independent before announcing today that he is quitting the EDL, he said: “Here’s the thing – 10 per cent of our lads are dickheads. That’s just the way it is.”
Many would probably consider that estimate short by about 85 to 90 per cent, but political leaders rarely call any of their supporters “dickheads”. Robinson continued in the same self-deprecating vein: “Of course our tactics are questionable. I was chatting to a Muslim woman yesterday. I get how, when we go into a town centre, she feels uncomfortable. I don’t feel happy about that.”
It sounds disingenuous, a way of disarming criticism by pre-empting the disdain that follows him and the EDL’s every move. But Robinson, 30, who runs a tanning salon in his home town and whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has been on a journey in recent months which he insists has opened a schism between him and his unsavoury and unacceptable followers.
The Independent can reveal that while publicly spouting views that call for the closure of mosques and draw no distinction between Britain’s Muslim mainstream and the tiny minority of Islamist extremists, Robinson has been holding discussions with a former jihadi who has himself renounced fundamentalism. Usama Hasan, who fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s and is now part of the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation, said he had no illusions about the EDL leader’s views but credited him with being ready to deepen his knowledge of Islam and modify his position.
Hasan said: “[Tommy] is guilty of stirring up anti-Muslim hatred. He’s misguided and he waivers – sometimes he’ll say he’s only opposed to Muslim extremists and other times he’ll say that Islam can’t be reformed and all Muslims are potential extremists. But I get the impression he does listen and he’s been doing his reading, and it’s slowly getting through.”
He said he and Robinson had found common ground in the belief that many of Britain’s problems with extreme Islamist belief, which have produced over 100 convicted terrorists, are rooted in Wahhabist teachings and money from Saudi Arabia. Hasan said: “Extremist ideas in this country have been promoted through Saudi money – the vast majority. Probably not realising what the Saudi work was doing in this country, plus it being a strong ally that we didn’t want to upset, the British government allowed that to continue.” He added that it is only since the 7/7 bombings that the Government has woken up to the full extent of the threat from radical preachers in Britain.
Robinson, who takes his adopted name from a former Luton football hooligan, remained unapologetic about the genesis of his movement and the tactics which have led to numerous confrontations on the streets of British cities since its inception in 2009. He said: “What choice do we have? No one’s listened to us. When we started out, if we talked to councils and tried to explain to government, or even to Muslims – how many would even talk to us? Not one. They’re only talking to me now because of what we done.”
The question is whether a post-EDL Robinson can now create something that is more than just an ugly rabble of anti-Islamic thugs – a 21st-century updating of the bovver-booted skinheads smashing up Asian-owned newsagents in the 1970s.
Tommy Robinson, former EDL leader, jailed for fraud
23rd Jan 2014
Former English Defence League leader Stephen Lennon, who uses the alias Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for 18 months for mortgage fraud. Lennon, 31, from Luton, who stood down from the EDL last year, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court after pleading guilty last November.
The fraud amounted to £160,000 over a period of six months.
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