A jury convicted a Met Police officer for being a member of a banned neo-Nazi terrorist organisation.
A court found Benjamin Hannam, 22, guilty of membership of the banned right-wing extremist group National Action. The North London officer also admitted to lying on his Met Police application. Police found the defendant also possessed several terror documents detailing knife combat and how to make explosives.
The former PC worked as a probationary officer for the Met for nearly two years. Police discovered his membership after he was seen on a leaked database of users of extreme right-wing forum, Iron March. He first joined Iron March and National Action in March 2016.
Judge Anthony Leonard QC originally banned all reporting on the case. However, he overturned this after the defendant admitted to the possession of an indecent images of children. Police immediately suspended Hannam from his duties.
The former officer is on conditional bail until his sentence on April 23. Hannam is the first British police officer to be convicted of a terrorism offence.
Despite his conviction, Hannam denied all offences. He claims to not be a member of National Action, despite regularly attending group meetings. However, he claims to be interested in the ‘look and aesthetic of fascism’, but states firmly that he is not a racist.