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Couple who gave child middle name ‘Adolf’ found guilty of Neo-Nazi terrorism offences

  • Adam Thomas and his partner Claudia Da Silva Patatas have been found guilty of being neo-Nazi terrorist group members.
  • Self-confessed racist Thomas said in evidence that giving his child the middle name 'Adolf' was in "admiration" of Hitler.
  • Police believe the banned organisation was planning a "white jihad" - a racial holy war. They now hope this will never happen.

What are they guilty of?

Adam Thomas, who comes from Birmingham, and his partner Claudia Da Silva Patatas, were members of the banned group National Action.

Thomas and Patatas had a child together - and his middle name was Adolf.

Self-confessed racist Thomas said in evidence that this was in "admiration" of Hitler.

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On Thomas's computer, officers found a book on making homemade bombs and grenades, and their house was littered with Nazi symbols and deadly weapons.

Former Amazon security guard Thomas, formerly of Erdington in Birmingham, and Patatas, a photographer originally from Portugal, were found guilty after a seven-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

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What is National Action?

The group promoted racial division, believing in white supremacy, and had a huge amount of guns, machetes and crossbows.

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These people are not fantasists, they're not stupid, they're dangerous, organised individuals who have come together with a very clear ideology, to spread hatred, and to use violence to spread that hatred.

Unchecked, they could have gone on to cause significant harm to lots of communities all over the UK, as well as from the Midlands.

– Det Ch Insp Matt Ward West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit
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The group was proscribed in 2016 - which means membership is a crime, but some members continued regardless.

Police believe National Action members were drawing up a violent plan to execute what they called 'White Jihad' - a racial holy war.

Chief Superintendent Matt Ward says the threat from far-right terrorism is growing and getting "more organised and more sophisticated" by the day.

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10 members have now been convicted but police say,

It doesn't mean there won't be others, and it doesn't mean they won't adoptdifferent names and identities going forward. National Action - the Midlands chapter - is no more.

National Action - the ideology, neo-Nazism, those seeking violent extremism, that's still prevalent, and we have to remain vigilant as both police and communities in being able to tackle that.

– Chief Superintendent Matt Ward

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