Neo-Nazi group threatens to murder chief constables and mocks up propaganda pictures of police chief with gun to his head as far-Right extremism grows
- Neo-Nazi group urged members to attack police stations, it was reported
- It mocked up propaganda pictures of a police chief with a gun to his head
- Group branded West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson a ‘race traitor’
The neo-Nazi group, thought to have an international membership, branded West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson a ‘race traitor’
A notorious neo-Nazi group has urged its members to attack police stations and threatened to murder chief constables, it was reported last night.
It mocked up propaganda pictures of a police chief with a gun to his head.
And it called police stations ‘high value targets’ in messages posted on encrypted mobile messaging service Telegram. Police vowed to hunt down the culprits.
Far-Right extremism has become Britain’s fastest-growing terror threat, linked to nearly a third of plots foiled since March 2017. The neo-Nazi group, thought to have an international membership, branded West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson a ‘race traitor’ in a mocked up execution picture.
The image, posted last Friday, was shared along with the addresses of the force’s station buildings, custody suites and training centres.
Leaders of the group, called the Feuerkrieg Division, said: ‘The people working in these buildings are race traitors.’
Its name is derived from the German for ‘fire war’ and the group is inspired by the US-based Atomwaffen neo-Nazi group.
Boris Johnson and Priti Patel meet with Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Dave Thompson on July 26, 2019
The Feuerkrieg Division said far-Right extremists were ‘white freedom fighters’. A post ended with the message: ‘**** their badges, **** the rule of law, Heil Hitler, remember the names of these traitors.’
Another mocked up propaganda image said: ‘Release our member or your heads will be our agenda.’ The post is said to relate to a teenage gang member who is currently in police custody.
West Midlands Police said it was ‘aware of offensive images relating specifically to the force on social media’, adding: ‘Enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.’
The group mocked up propaganda pictures of a police chief with a gun to his head
Security Minister Brandon Lewis said: ‘Any threat to our police officers is despicable. They work tirelessly to keep us all safe and we continue to support them as they work to tackle crime and the terrorist threat in all its forms.’
The group was said to have members in the UK, America, Canada, Estonia and Germany. It has reportedly celebrated the terror attack by Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Sweden.
Analyst Joshua Fisher-Birch of the Counter Extremism Project in New York, said the group has a ‘very radical ideology’.
He added: ‘Even among the extreme Right, it can be hard for them to find recruits. They want a race war. They want to commit terrorist attacks.’
Meanwhile, the head of counter-terrorism yesterday revealed that seven of the 22 terror plots foiled since March 2017 have been linked to far-Right ideologies.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said teenagers as young as 14 were being drawn into dangerous far-Right beliefs through social media. Right-wing extremist groups in the UK range from Islamophobic organisations to individuals who believe in Satanism, he added.