Neo-Nazi terrorist who demonstrated with ‘Hitler was right’ banner is jailed
A far-right terrorist has been jailed for more than eight years for being part of a banned neo-Nazi group. Alex Davies, 27, co-founded the extremist organisation National Action, in 2013, which planned for a race war.
Davies wanted to create a National Socialist youth movement resembling the Nazis, and described the organisation as a “white jihadist group”. Davies was also a former BNP Youth member.
He was seen shouting into a megaphone in front of a banner containing the words: ‘Refugees not welcome: Hitler was right’ during a demonstration in York, in May, 2016. A previous court hearing heard how National Action modelled themselves on Nazi SS stormtroopers and toured the country joining flash demonstrations, which often turned violent.
Davies’ group was subsequently banned by the UK Government in December of that year – the first far-right one to be given a ban since the Second World War. But its members continued to meet in secret using encrypted messaging platforms to communicate.
Davies, from Swansea, was known as a recruiter and personally vetted people to establish how useful they could be. He was extremely careful around security and travelled hundreds of miles, preferring to meet in person rather than risk written communication.
After National Action was banned, Davies ‘renamed it’ to NS 131 in the spring of 2017 and continued meeting the same members who were part of the former group. But NS 131 was banned just a few months later.
Davies and former members of National Action were brought down following a lengthy investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing (CTU) officers attached to West Midlands Police (WMP). Last month, he was became the 19th person to be convicted of membership. Now he has been jailed for more than eight years.
Det Supt Anthony Tagg, from WMP’s CTU, said: “National Action is dangerous because what they sought to do, through violent methods, was create a white supremacist homeland within the UK. Alex Davies was the founder of National Action, treasurer, recruiter and the creator of media for that organisation as well.
“Post proscription (when the group was banned), Alex Davies continued to operate National Action but he was trying to do that under the radar. He sought to rename National Action as NS 131, but actually he was still meeting with the same people that he’d met with as part of National Action.
“He was still meeting both physically and in the online space with those individuals. He travelled across the country recruiting others who shared a similar viewpoint as his into the new group that he’d created, that was, to all intents and purposes, National Action.
“National Action is dangerous because, actually, Alex Davies and others who are members sought, through violent means, to create a white homeland, to engage in ethnic cleansing, to eradicate those who didn’t share the same view and vision of the country that he did.
“They bought together individuals who had access to weapons. They engaged in combat training for what they perceived to be the race war that was coming.
“The work that we’ve done in dismantling National Action has led to 19 successful prosecutions, 15 of those by Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands. We’ve effectively dismantled that group.
“However we are under no illusion that people who hold right wing ideologies still exist in communities across the country. If you see something that you are not happy with, if you see stickering, postering, signs and symbols, then please report them to the police.
“We will investigate them and if people are breaking the law, we will bring those people to justice. But we also seek for communities and individuals, and families and friends – if you are concerned about somebody who may be being radicalized, again bring that to our attention.
“We can intervene to divert them from that pathway but also seek to identify and prosecute those who are radicalizing vulnerable individuals in communities. “
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