Home Office statistics are raising fears of a new generation of fanatics like Thomas Mair – the maniac serving his life for the 2016 killing of MP Jo Cox in Birstall, West Yorks
A record number of children take part in an anti-terrorist course to prevent them from becoming neo-Nazis.
Last year, 70 under-15s with far-right views were referred to Channel – helping teenagers at risk of radicalisation.
And 129 aged 15 to 20 were screened for the same reason.
The numbers compare with 20 under-15s and 47 aged 15-20 five years ago.
During that period, the number of people classified by Channel as vulnerable to Islamist extremism fell from 262 to 154.
Home Office statistics are raising fears of a new generation of fanatics like Thomas Mair – the maniac serving his life for the 2016 killing of MP Jo Cox in Birstall, West Yorks.
And they reflect a rise in the number of Hitler-loving teenagers caught using the internet to spread racial hatred from their bedrooms.
Last month, a television investigation revealed how a group called Patriotic Alternative is caring for children. Secret footage caught 17-year-old figurehead Barkley Walsh – an online follower since he was 13 – bragging about his neo-Nazi buddies. C4’s dispatches also featured squad leader Mark Collett, 41, and pal Laura Tyrie praising Walsh.
Also last month, a 14-year-old from Darlington became one of the youngest to be convicted of terrorism-related offences. He spoke of a school shooting, had instructions on how to make bombs and contacted other far-right lunatics on the Internet.
In April, 19-year-old neo-Nazi Thomas Leech, who published a “call to arms” for the white race, was sentenced to two years at Manchester Crown Court. And in February, 19-year-old Hitler supporter Connor Burke, from Bexleyheath, south London, was jailed for sending a bomb manual to fellow extremists.
Other shocking cases include neo-Nazis Michal Szewczuk, 19, from Leeds, and Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, from west London, who were jailed in 2019 for encouraging an attack on Prince Harry for marrying a mixed-race woman. They were part of a now outlawed group called the Sun War Division.
The founder of a campaign group claims economic troubles could be a factor in the rising cases.
Exit Hate’s Nigel Bromage said: “In difficult times, the far right has always built support by using people of different ethnicities as scapegoats. We can not permit that.
“Britain is never better than when we stand together. We must support people to overcome hate through education, compassion and understanding.”
Channel is a voluntary course and part of the Prevent program established in 2003. The goal was originally to identify people who might be implicated in Islamist terror – but now it is uncovering more right-wing fanatics. Most cases stem from concerns raised by teachers and the police.
A government spokesman said: “We are committed to fighting terrorism in all forms, including the far right.
“Since 2015, Channel has helped over 3,000 people turn away from violent ideologies.
“We remain focused on disrupting the activities of the most dangerous extremists, supporting those who speak out against their hateful rhetoric and preventing people from being drawn into terrorism.”
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