The founder of the National Action, who gave the Hitler salute in the concentration camp oven, was imprisoned

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Alex Davies, the founder of National Action, was sentenced at the Old Bailey

The founder of a banned fascist group was sentenced today to eight and a half years in prison.

Alex Davies, the founder of National Action, was sentenced at the Old Bailey.

A jury at Winchester Crown Court convicted him of membership of the banned far-right neo-Nazi group.

Swansea’s Davies formed the group with Ben Raymond in 2013, the court heard.

The couple described themselves as a “white jihadist group” and attempted to start a Nazi or neo-Nazi youth movement in Britain.

Taking cues from Nazi SS stormtroopers, they toured the country to join blitz demonstrations that often turned violent.

Davies is the man with the megaphone at this demo in York in May 2016



In May 2016, Davies was seen shouting into a megaphone in front of a banner that read, “Refugees not welcome: Hitler was right.”

Davies, 27, controlled the Hitler worship’s finances and oversaw the production of leaflets, flags and banners.

He was recorded as saying, “I don’t want to tell you what I would do to the Jews, but it’s more extreme.”

Davies was seen throwing Hitler salutes while visiting Buchenwald concentration camp with fellow fascists.

When the group was banned, Davies rebranded the group into several smaller organizations.

He was head of NS131 which was based in Wales and the South West.

This image released by West Midlands Police shows Davies giving the Hitler salute in the execution room of Buchenwald concentration camp in April 2016



He said: “It is not illegal to be a Nazi. I don’t think we need to worry too much.”

He later added, “If they keep trying to oppress us, we’re just going to give them the greatest whack-a-mole game ever.”

National Action spread its propaganda through stickers, leaflets and participation in blitz demonstrations, most notably in Liverpool, Swansea, York and Darlington in 2016.

They used Nazi stickers as visual weapons placed in city centers and on college campuses.

Davies was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of being a member of the group after it was banned



This image released by West Midlands Police shows a banner and paint recovered from Davies’ home



The organization hoarded knives, daggers, machetes, high-velocity crossbows, rifles, pump-action shotguns, brass knuckles, deactivation spray, baseball bats, and even a longbow.

The group supported Thomas Mair, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 murder of Labor MP Jo Cox.

In December 2016 the government banned them and then Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the group as “a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organization that incites hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology”.

Davies was studying at Warwick University when he founded National Action. The former philosophy student was the latest of 25 National Action members to be convicted for keeping the organization running after a ban was imposed to encourage the killings of MPs.

The far-right group encouraged members to join the police and army as they toured the country and held “blitz” demonstrations.

Other members included Jack Renshaw, 26, who was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison in 2019 for plotting to kill MP Rosie Cooper with a sword, and Christopher Lythgoe, 35, who was jailed for eight years in 2018.

Mikko Vehvilainen, a serving soldier who fought in Afghanistan, was sentenced to eight years in prison in April 2018 for amassing weapons, including ceremonial Nazi daggers.

Benjamin Hannam, 22, became the first police officer in the UK to be convicted of belonging to National Action in 2021. He had joined the organization in 2017 but failed to explain his extremist beliefs during the Met police vetting process.

Hannam was sentenced to four years and four months in prison for terrorism offenses by a jury at the Old Bailey in April 2021.

Among other recruits was Alice Cutter, who entered a “Miss Hitler” pageant and called herself the Buchenwald Princess.

Raymond, who studied political science at Essex University and co-founded National Action with Davies, was sentenced to eight years in prison last December.

The jury was shown pictures of Davies and Mark Jones, another former BNP member, giving a Nazi salute at Buchenwald concentration camp in April 2016.

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