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Two British soldiers among those charged with terror offences

Three men, including two British soldiers have been charged with terrorism offences as part of an investigation into the banned neo-Nazi group National Action.

By Stephanie Otty | Published: 12th September 2017 News Updates

A steatement issued by West Midlands Police reads:

Three men have been charged with terrorism offences and will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday 12 September

Alexander Deakin, aged 22 from Beacon Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, is charged with:

1. One count of being a member of a proscribed organisation, namely National Action, contrary to Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000;

2. Two counts under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 − possession of documents likely to be useful to a person preparing to commit an act of terrorism;

3. One count of distribution of a terrorist publication, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006;

4. He is also charged separately with one count of inciting racial hatred, namely on 9 July 2016, posting a number of National Action branded stickers at the Aston University campus in Birmingham, contrary to Section 18 (1) of the Public Order Act 1986.

Mikko Vehvilainen, aged 32 from Llwyncyntefin, Sennybridge Camp, Brecon, Powys, is charged with:

1. One count of being a member of a proscribed organisation, namely National Action, contrary to Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000;

2. One count of possessing a document containing information of the kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000;

3. Two counts of publishing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, by posting comments on a website intending thereby to stir up racial hatred or where having regard to all the circumstances racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby, Contrary to Section 19(1) of the Public Order Act 1986;

4. Possession of a weapon, namely pepper spray, contrary to Section 5(1)(b) of and Schedule 6 to the Firearms Act 1968.

Mark Barrett, aged 24 from Gaza Crescent, Dhekelia Garrison, Cyprus is charged with:

1. One count of being a member of a proscribed organisation, namely National Action, contrary to Section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The charges follow a number of arrests by officers from West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit last week. The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and there was no risk to the public’s safety.