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Bradford MP Imran Hussain says far-right extremism is “active and dangerous” as Keighley four found guilty of terrorism

Mr Hussain also said, "We must not allow the electoral downfall of the far-right to cause complacency".

Bradford East MP, Imran Hussain, said far-right extremism is “active and dangerous” on Twitter as four people from Keighley were convicted of terror offences on Tuesday.

The four jailed advocated racist violence and the manufacture and possession of weapons.

Daniel Wright, Liam Hall, Stacey Salmon and Samuel Whibley were found guilty of a combined total of eighteen offences on Tuesday, March 29 following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

The date for sentencing is yet to be fixed.

During the eleven-week trial, the jury heard how the defendants came together in a private online chat group to share extreme right-wing views and propaganda, influence and indoctrinate others and endorse the use of violence to further their cause.

Clockwise from top left: Hall, Salmon, Wright and Whibley.

The group discussed ways to evade detection by police, mistakenly believing they could share information about sourcing chemicals and the manufacture of firearms without drawing the attention of the authorities.

Despite vetting members of their channel, encouraging them to encrypt materials and destroy evidence, the four were identified and arrested by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East in May last year.

Unknown to the defendants, an undercover officer had not only infiltrated their Telegram chat but had also established himself as a trusted contact within private messages. He was able to monitor their activity and plans to bypass UK gun legislation by creating a 3D printed firearm.

Following their arrest, a partially constructed 3D printed firearm was recovered from the home of Mr Hall and Ms Salmon in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Examination by a specialist confirmed that despite being incomplete, the weapon could have proved lethal if fully assembled.

Other weapons were also recovered from the homes of the defendants, in addition to chemicals, practical guides for making explosives and extreme right-wing texts and videos.

MP for Bradford West, Imran Hussain, said on Twitter: “A fascist, terrorist cell in Bradford has been caught spreading terror manuals, glorifying racist murders and trying to obtain firearms.

“We must not allow the electoral downfall of the far-right to cause complacency. The extreme far-right is active and dangerous.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East. He said: “The vitriolic hatred expressed by these defendants went far beyond an intolerance of others. They are terrorists, with a deeply entrenched extreme right-wing mindset and a desire to act on those beliefs.

“While the group had no clear target at the time of their arrest, they pushed relentlessly for violent action in pursuit of their objectives.

“Despite taking precautions to protect themselves and their activities, they were unaware they were being monitored. None of their security measures was enough to maintain their anonymity or ultimately prevent their arrest and prosecution.

“This case clearly demonstrates that those attempting to illegally obtain firearms, or promote violence in support of their prejudice, are never beyond our reach.”

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