What is National Action and why is the neoNazi group banned
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The Ministry of Defence said “a number” were serving members of the British Army. File picture of an anti-mosque demonstration in Bolton in November 2016. National Action became the first extreme right-wing group to be banned in Britain in DecemberCredit:Joel Goodman/LNP National Action became first extreme right-wing group to be banned under terrorism laws in December 2016.The proscription meant that being a member of or inviting support for the organisation is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to ten years’ imprisonment.How the ‘racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic group’ targets young peopleAn entry for National Action in the official list of proscribed groups says it is a “racist neo-Nazi group” that was established in 2013 and has branches across the UK which “conduct provocative street demonstrations and stunts aimed at intimidating local communities”. The document adds that the group is “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic”.Its activities and propaganda materials are particularly aimed at recruiting young people, according to the list.What the Home Secretary has said about National ActionAnnouncing the move to ban National Action, Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the group as a”racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation”. She said:”As Home Secretary, I am clear that the safety and security of our families, communities and country comes first.”So today I am taking action to proscribe the neo-Nazi group National Action.”This will mean that being a member of, or inviting support for, this organisation will be a criminal offence. “National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology, and I will not stand for it.”It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone.”How National Action endorsed the murder of Labour MP Jo CoxAfter the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in June 2016, National Action endorsed her killing.The group posted a message, which read: “Our thoughts go out to Thomas Mair #Britain-First #JoCoxMP’ and, ‘Don’t let this man’s sacrifice go in vain. #JoCox would have filled Yorkshire with more subhumans.”Thomas Mair was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering the politician. Jo Cox was murdered by far-Right fanatic Thomas Mair, right, in June 2016Credit:PA The phrase “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”, which was said by Mair in court, appears alongside the listing for National Action’s website on Google.In the wake of Mair’s conviction, warnings emerged that the terror threat from the extreme Right could be growing. How many members have been arrested?Police said 22 suspected members or associates of National Action were arrested in 2016. It is unknown how many people have been arrested in 2017.On September 5, West Midlands Police said that four alleged members of National Action had been arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terror. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.