Neo Nazi police officer who posed for banned terror group on beach is jailed

Neo Nazi police officer who posed for banned terror group on beach is jailed

by Tom Martin (May 2021)

A POLICE officer from London who was pictured on Crosby beach with a banned neo-Nazi terrorist group has been jailed for more than four years.

Benjamin Hannam, of Enfield, north London, was found guilty of membership of the banned right-wing extremist group  National Action (NA).

He was jailed last week at the Old Bailey for four years and four months.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC said the offences were so serious that only a custodial term was appropriate.

He said the nature of anti-Semitic material held by Hannam was "horrible and deeply troubling".

A court heard how a national conference for the group was held in Liverpool in April 2016, and during this Hannam posed in an official photograph for the group on Crosby beach.

He was also convicted of lying on his Met Police application and having terror documents detailing knife combat and making explosive devices.

Hannam is the first British officer to be convicted of a terrorism offence.

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