People living near a Notts councillor and former BNP member who was arrested on Thursday have told of their fear when police descended.
The Post understands independent Broxtowe Borough councillor Sadie Graham – who was kicked out of the BNP last year – is one of two people arrested in connection with the unauthorised publication of the BNP membership list on the internet last month.
Neighbours said police vans, squad cars and officers were outside Coun Graham's home in Church Lane, Brinsley, all day before she was arrested. One resident, who did not want to be named, said they were scared when a bomb disposal unit turned up. "That scared us", he said, "as we have four children and we did not know what was going on."
Another resident added: "When you see something with 'police' and 'bomb' on you do get a bit worried. No one was giving any explanation."
Residents said Coun Graham was well known. One said: "She is a very nice person and seems to care quite a lot about the local community. Her connections to the BNP, although I don't necessarily agree with the politics, don't affect me."
An elderly resident said: "As a woman living on her own you just think what's going off with them [police] being there all the while. You get a bit frightened. You don't say anything because you don't want your windows smashed in."
Dyfed Powys Police said two people had been arrested in connection with alleged criminal offences under the Data Protection Act.
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