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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I July 2009
Home-Grown UK Terrorist
A man was arrested in Lowestoft, member and local unit leader of the heard.
Suffolk for initially abusing a train Neo-Nazi British National Socialist The court also heard that Mr
conductor. It later emerged, after Movement and targeted the Black, Lewington, described as “a loner”,
being searched, that he was carrying Asian and Gay communities in his 13- had met a number of girlfriends
component parts of two “viable, day bombing campaign. through mobile phone chatlines. One
improvised incendiary devices” , the Mr Altman said: “The effect of these said she was put off when he made
jury heard at the Old Bailey. Forty-three finds is to prove that this man, who racist remarks, while another - an
year old Neil Lewington was described had strong if not fanatical right-wing army cadet sergeant - said he asked if
by the prosecution to be a fanatical leanings and opinions, was on the she had dealings with the Nazi group
racist who wanted to target those cusp of embarking on a campaign of Combat 18, a splintered fraction of the
he thought were “non-British”. Brain terrorism against those he considered National Front related to the British
Altman QC leading the prosecution non-British. National Party.
gave reports of the evidence that “In the privacy of his own bedroom Mr Lewington is accused of
supported his statement. and far from the gaze of his parents preparing for terrorism by having
In the event of Mr Lewington’s with whom he lived, this defendant the bomb parts in a public place. He
house being searched, following had amassed the component parts also faces two charges of having
his arrest, it was revealed that a of and had begun the manufacture articles for terrorism - including the
notebook entitled “Waffen SS UK of improvised explosive or incendiary weedkiller, firelighters and three
members” handbook, which contained devices,” tennis balls – two more charges of
drawings of electronics and chemical He had been unemployed for 10 having documents for terrorism and
mixtures was found. In addition, “the years after being sacked from his another of collecting information for
police discovered evidence that the last job for being drunk and, though terrorism. Two further counts allege he
defendant sympathised with and quite he lived with his parents, he had not possessed an explosive device “with
clearly adhered to white supremacist spoken to his father for 10 years. His intent to endanger life” and that he
and racist views.” An “unhealthy mother said he had placed Plasticine had explosives, namely weedkiller.
interest in the infamous “London Nail in the keyhole of his bedroom door He denies eight charges related to
Bomber” David Copeland, who was a so no-one could see inside, the court terrorism or explosives.
Ex-counter terror
officer book banned
The publication of a book by a former behind the injunction cannot be
top UK counter-terrorism officer has published for legal reasons linked to
been blocked by the Attorney General continuing criminal proceedings.
Baroness Scotland, her office said. Thousands of copies of the
Baroness Scotland stepped in at 372-page book were delivered to
the last minute to obtain an injunction bookshops nationwide ahead of its
preventing “The Terrorist Hunters” publication.
from hitting the shelves. Large sections of the Bantam
The book, by retired Scotland Press book, co-written by former BBC
Yard Assistant Commissioner Andy home affairs correspondent Margaret
Hayman focused on the struggle Gilmore, were also serialised in The
against Islamic terrorism in the Times newspaper.
aftermath of the July 7 attacks on the The British media said a copy of
London transport system. the book was provided to the Crown
It also looked at the murder Prosecution Service two months ago.
of Russian dissident Alexander Sources close to the publication
Litvinenko and gave a behind-the- said it was vetted by officials at the
scenes glimpse of top-level political Cabinet Office, MI5 and the external
and intelligence work. intelligence agency MI6 but no copy
An advisory notice highlighting the was passed to Scotland Yard.
injunction, granted by an unnamed Metropolitan Police Commissioner
High Court judge, was circulated to Sir Paul Stephenson has complained
newspaper editors late last night. that he was not given a preview of its
Further details of the reasons contents.
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