June 25, 2008

Martyn Gilleard – Searchlight press release

Martyn Gilleard, an organiser in the neo-Nazi British People’s Party has been found guilty of three offences under the Terrorism Act.

Upon raiding his flat police discovered a small arsenal consisting of several nail bombs, dozens of bullets, swords, axes and knives, which a jury found him guilty of possessing for the preparation of terrorist acts. Gilleard also pleaded guilty to a number of child pornography offences after police discovered 39,000 indecent images of children on his computer ranging from category one to five. Five is the most serious.

Throughout his detention Kevin Watmough the leader of the BPP who also runs the Redwatch website gave Gilleard his unreserved support and only expelled him from the party once the trial was underway presumably after discovering he had also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Given Gilleard’s pronounced neo-Nazi views and his desire to put them into practice the case has chilling similarities to that of London “nail bomber” David Copeland, a former BNP member whose rampage in 1999 left three people dead, including a pregnant mother, and hundreds injured.

The August issue of Searchlight will feature a special report on Gilleard and a full account of his far right affiliations.

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