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  • Skem man, 23, pleads guilty to plotting to murder Rosie Cooper

    Henry James

    A 23-YEAR-OLD man from Skelmersdale pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey last Tuesday to plotting to murder West Lancs MP, Rosie Cooper.

    Last summer, Jack Renshaw bought a Gladius machete to kill Ms Cooper.

    On the first day of a trial, expected to last five weeks, Renshaw, an alleged member of the banned far-right group National Action, also pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism and making a threat to kill police officer Victoria Henderson.

    National Action is a neo-Nazi group which was banned by the Home Secretary after it backed the murder of MP Jo Cox in 2016.

    The jury in the case have been directed by the judge, Mr Justice Jay, to deliver a guilty verdict on the first two charges Renshaw faces.

    Also on trial are Matthew Hankinson, 24, from Newton-le-Willows; Andrew Clarke, 33, from Prescot; Christopher Lythgoe, 32, and Michal Trubini, 35, both from Warrington; and Garron Helm, 24, from Seaforth.

    All deny membership of National Action.

    Lythgoe also denies a charge that he gave Renshaw permission to murder the MP on behalf of National Action on July 1, 2017.

    Prosecutor, Duncan Atkinson QC, said at the start of the case: “This case concerns these defendants and their support for, involvement in and membership of the proscribed racist neo-Nazi group National Action.”

    The prosecutor continued to say that Renshaw wanted to carry out an act which was “politically and racially motivated murder” in the name of National Action. He went on to claim Renshaw had the backing of Lythgoe.

    According to Mr Atkinson, National Action have since 2013 carried out a “campaign of virulent anti-Semitic and homophobic propaganda.” He added the group recruit youths through violent images and “hate-filled language.”

    The prosecutor said the defendants carried on being members of National Action after it was banned.

    The case continues.

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