Two British soldiers charged with neo-Nazi terror offences

A National Action march in August 2015. The group was banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.
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Peter Byrne /PA

A National Action march in August 2015. The group was banned under terrorism laws in December 2016. Credit Peter Byrne /PA

All three are to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Alexander Deakin, 22, Mikko Vehvilainen, 32, and Mark Barrett, 24, have been charged in connection with their alleged membership of National Action.

Two 24-year-olds among them had been released without charge and police had been given more time to question the remaining three suspects, who have now been formally charged.

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Fitness instructor Vehvilainen, who is now based at Sennybridge Camp, Brecon, Powys, is also accused of being in National Action, having terrorist documents, publishing racist material online and possessing pepper spray.

West Midlands Police said all three are charged with membership of an illegal organization.

Meanwhile, Deakin, from Great Barr, Birmingham, is charged with one count of being a member of National Action.

West Midlands Police said the arrests were "pre-planned and intelligence-led" with no threat to public safety. He is accused of posting National Action branded stickers at the Aston University campus in Birmingham on 9 July 2016.

The organisation, linked to the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, was described by the Home Office as "virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic" and eager to see the United Kingdom embroiled in a "violent race war".

The outlawing of the party makes it a crime to be a member or supporter, punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison.

Barrett is charged with one count of being a member of a proscribed organisation, namely National Action, contrary to Section 11 of the UKs Terrorism Act 2000.

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