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The BNP claims to be the party of law and order but its ranks
are full of people with serious criminal records.
Here are some of the most recent cases where
BNP members have been convicted. To learn about BNP members' more serious
November 2008 Ian Hindle (left) |
Jailed for three years for having sex with a child
November 2008 Andrew Wells (right)
Jailed for two years and three months after admitting engaging in sexual
activity with a child and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a
October 2008 Lockart Kneen |
Fined £150 and £115 after being found guilty of two counts of racially and
religiously aggravated harrassment [ sic ] for affixing anti-Islamic stickers to
packages he sent out in the mail. He ran an operation selling BNP magazines on
the Internet and sent out packages with stickers that read "no more mosques."
October 2008 Martin Glasgow |
Chesterfield BNP fundholder Martin Glasgow is jailed for 12 months for a racist
assault against an Asian man in June 2006.
October 2008 Anthony Weeks |
Darlington BNP member Anthony Weeks is given a ten month jail sentence,
suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £600 in compensation to his victim
and order to do 80 hours community service after admitting racially aggravated
assault against an Egyptian customer at his place of work, a local cash and
carry. After telling his victim that he was a member of the BNP Weeks then
shouted "All you foreigners should not be in my country" before punching him. He
was spared jail after his victim spoke up for him. The judge stated that "but
for Mr Noaman's intervention, you would have gone immediately to prison."
November 2007 Andrew Kendall |
BNP supporter Andrew Kendall was given an 18 month conditional discharge and
fined £200 for putting up a racially-offensive and threatening poster which
showed three black men, the words read "Illegal immigrant murder scum" and
contact details for the British National Party.
October 2007 Shaun Jones |
Welsh BNP supporter Shaun Jones is given a six month community order for
threatening polling booth staff on 4 May 2007 with a stick after being told he
was not registered to vote. He ignored advice from staff who gave him a phone
number to call to register and instead continued shouting and swearing at them
until he was arrested. He was also made to pay £150 costs.
August 2007 Dominic Bugler |
Bugler, the BNP candidate for Pelsall ward, Walsall, in the May 2007 elections
is arrested and remanded in custody for the possession of an imitation firearm.
He is later handed a two-year ASBO earned because he 'caused misery for
residents through his violent and drunken behaviour' and which bans him from
parts of Pelsall. The Aldridge and Brownhills Housing Trust won an eviction
order against him too but he avoided this by moving of his own accord to a new
address. Bugler also appeared in court charge with threatening behaviour towards
his wife in late August and agreed to be bound over to keep the peace for 12
months for a sum of £200.
2007 Robert Bennett
Robert Bennett, the convicted gang rapist who oversaw the BNP leafletting
campaign in Oldham in 2002, is arrested for his part in a assault on his next
door neighbour which began when they ask his son David to leave a BBQ after he
began using racist language. David attacked his neighbour after refusing to
leave . He returned with his father and the pair subsequently attacked both the
male and female neighbour. Robert Bennett who admitted affray was sentenced to
150 hours community service and £250 compensation whilst his son, who also
pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 250 hours community service and ordered to pay
May 2007 Jamie Sedgewick |
Jamie Sedgewick, a BNP member from Morden is found guilty of screaming racist
abuse at an Asian police officer as he was arrested whilst breaking up a fight
at the Hideaway Bar, Kingston Road, in March 2006.
March 2007 David Copeland |
The Appeal Court increases David Copeland's sentence to a minimum of 50 years.
The London nail bomber, who had been an active member of the BNP, had originally
been sentenced to a minimum term of 30 years for the three bombs he set off in
1999 which killed three people and injured 139 others.
2007 John Laidlaw |
John Laidlaw is sentenced to life after going on a shooting spree in north
London in May 2006. He shot Abu Kamara in Upper Street before accidentally
shooting Emma Sheridan at Finsbury Park Tube station, as he aimed at a second
man. Laidlaw had a string of previous convictions starting at the age of 14.
They included property damage, public order offences and 16 counts of theft and
possession of knives. He also carried out seven armed street muggings and had
been in and out of jail several times. In October 2004 he attacked a black
motorist, hurling racist abuse at him. A police report written after Laidlaw was
arrested for the attack said he behaved violently in front of officers and was
"foaming at the mouth". "In the presence and hearing of the black female gaoler
the defendant made racist comments and remarks, stating he was a member of the
BNP and that he hated all black people," the document says. He also said he was
going to "kill all black people". He was convicted of racially aggravated actual
bodily harm and using racist language.
2007 Robert Cottage |
Robert Cottage, a BNP member and former council election candidate, pleads
guilty to possessing explosives. He denies, however, as does his co-defendant
David Jackson, conspiracy to cause an explosion. The jury are unable to agree a
verdict. A retrial will take place in July.
2007 David Enderby |
David Enderby, a BNP councillor in Redditch, is found guilty of assault on three
members of his estranged wife's family. He is fined £100 for each assault and
ordered to pay £100 costs. His wife later told the local newspaper that he had a
history of domestic violence.
2007 Mark Bulman |
Mark Bulman was jailed for five years for setting fire to Swindon's Broad Street
mosque. He used a BNP leaflet as a fuse for his petrol bomb.
2006 Richard Mulhall |
Richard Mulhall, the BNP's council group leader in Calderdale, was sentenced to
do 200 hours of unpaid work on four counts of benefit fraud. Branding him
"thoroughly dishonest", Recorder Felicity Davies said he only escaped jail
because relevant legislation was not yet in force when he committed the
offences. He was also ordered to pay £2,000 costs and to repay £603.18 in
jobseekers' allowance. He had already repaid the housing benefit and council tax
benefit. A jury had found him guilty in October of falsely claiming a total of
£3,002.95 in benefits by concealing the fact that his partner was working.
November 2006 Darren Francis
BNP member Darren Francis is given a five-year restraining order after being
found guilty of harassing Sally Keeble, the MP for Northampton North.
2006 Robert McGlynn |
Robert McGlynn, a Swansea BNP activist, is fined £200 plus £200 costs for
shouting racist abuse at an Asian woman. He was convicted on evidence from a
passer-by. He later loses his appeal against conviction and is ordered to pay a
further £140 in costs.
2006 Allen Boyce
The former National Front Remembrance Day parade bugler Allen Boyce, 73, now a
BNP supporter, receives a two-year suspended sentence for giving bomb-making
instructions to Terry Collins, a BNP member, who was sentenced to five years in
2005 for conducting a racist hate campaign against the Asian community in
May 2006 Angela Clarke
A former BNP councillor Angela Clarke is fined £200 for resisting arrest during
2006 Kevin Hughes
Kevin Hughes, who acted as election agent for the BNP Redditch councillor David
Enderby in May 2006, is sentenced to 30 months in prison for assaulting an Iraqi
asylum seeker. The sentence is later reduced to two years on appeal.
March 2006 Luke Smith
A former BNP Burnley councillor Luke Smith is imprisoned for 11 months for
violent disorder, and a further six months for other violent offences. He is
also banned from football matches for six years. Smith was expelled from the BNP
in 2003 following an assault on a BNP organiser.
February 2006 Stephen Bailey
Stephen Bailey, a Lincoln BNP activist, is convicted of 35 charges of criminal
damage and 19 of arson. He set fire to sheds, litter bins and a car and is
believed to have vandalised more than 80 cars by slashing tyres and damaging
bodywork. Bailey was arrested after police seized computer equipment and
documents from his home.
November 2005 Roderick Rowley
Roderick Rowley, a former BNP candidate in Coventry, is imprisoned for 15 months
after admitting 14 charges of making, distributing or possessing obscene images
of children. He is also ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.
2005 Karl Hanson
Karl Hanson is fined £400 for possessing heroin and crack cocaine. News of his
arrest broke a few days before the May 2005 local elections in which he was a
BNP candidate in Huddersfield.
April 2005 John Cope
John Cope, a Cheshunt BNP member and election candidate, is fined £750 and
ordered to pay £104 costs for harassing an anti-racist campaigner.
March 2005 Terry Collins
Terry Collins, a BNP member, is sentenced to five years in prison for a
year-long campaign of terror against Asian families in Eastbourne. He claims the
BNP "brainwashed" him. Collins, a former Territorial Army soldier, admitted
charges of arson, racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage. He also
admitted the possession of bullets found in his home and asked for 11 further
offences of racially aggravated criminal damage to be taken into account.
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