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Neo-Nazi couple from Banbury who named baby after Hitler found guilty of terror group membership

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Interviewees: Det Ch Insp Matt Ward, Police Counter Terrorism Unit & Raffaello Pantucci, Royal United Services Institute

A "fanatical" neo-Nazi couple from Banbury in Oxfordshire have been found guilty of being members of the extreme right-wing organisation National Action.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, gave their child the middle name Adolf which Thomas said was in "admiration" of Hitler.

Photographs recovered from their home also showed Thomas cradling his newborn son while wearing the hooded white robes of a Ku Klux Klansman.

Adam Thomas wearing the hooded white robe of a Ku Klux Klansman, holding his newborn baby at home Credit: West Midlands Police/PA

Former Amazon security guard Thomas was a leading figure in National Action's Midlands chapter.

Thomas, a twice-failed Army applicant, was also convicted of having a terrorist manual, namely the Anarchist's Cookbook, which contained instructions on making "viable" bombs.

The Crown's case was that after being banned by the Government in December 2016, National Action simply "shed one skin for another" and "rebranded".

The jury also heard that Thomas and Patatas plastered National Action stickers in public locations after the ban.