The brutal murder of grandfather Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in April 2013, which was carried out by Pavlo Lapshyn, a Ukrainian far right extremist who had just arrived in the United Kingdom on a temporary work placement in Birmingham and who was also involved in planting explosives in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton mosques.
Ryan McGee, and his history of hate with weapons. Ryan was found to possess a viable nail bomb, an air rifle, an imitation pistol, a knuckleduster, knives and axes. Police also found pressure sensors in the flat that could have been used as a booby trap bomb. Bizarrely, when he turned 18, Ryan’s mother bought him an English Defence League ‘armed forces division’ hoodie and t-shirt. His room also was emblazoned with the EDL insignia. Although Mcgee argued at his trial that he had rejected much of the right wing ideology that had previously interested him.
Or John Parkin, an English Defence League sympathiser, who was banned from every mosque in England and Wales in 2013. He was issued with the CRASBO after trying to burn down the local mosque in Rhyl. Or Ian Forman, a neo-Nazi who was jailed after plotting to bomb Penny Lane mosque in Liverpool, as well as the Wirral Islamic Centre. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a significant terrorism trial which provided an insight into the way that he has collected the ingredients for a bomb.
So, if you were watched the television this week, feeling slightly amused by the buffoonery on show in the documentary, remember these cases. Far right sympathisers have killed before. Some of them will actively look for opportunities to murder.
If there is one thing you should take from this article, it is the name of David Copeland. His 13 day murder spree in 1999 killed three and led to explosions in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. It was his intended aim to spark a race war in our capital. Next time you ever see Angry, White and Proud,reflect on his name. There might not be a conveyor belt from radicalisation to violent extremism, but maybe – just maybe – being angry, white and proud, could lead an individual down a dangerous path.