Neo-Nazi Met Police officer convicted of belonging to far-right terror group
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A Metropolitan Police officer has been convicted of belonging to a banned neo-Nazi terror group.
Rookie Pc Ben Hannam, 22, from Edmonton in north London, had been working as a probationary officer with the force for under two years.
He was found on a leaked database of users of extreme right-wing forum Iron March.
The site was linked to several murders and acts of extremist terrorism.
The officer, who is autistic, signed up to the forum after joining the London branch of neo-Nazi group National Action in March 2016.
Hannam, who is suspended from duty, said he was "desperate to impress" an older NA organiser who gave him free stickers and badges.
Its ideology was described in the Old Bailey as based on "Aryan purity" and hatred of non-white groups, particularly Jews.
In April 2017, he took part in outdoor boxing in woodland which was filmed on co-founder Alex Davies' camera.
On July 2, he spray painted the symbol for an NA alias – NS131 – in a storm drain on the outskirts of Swindon, which was filmed for a promotional video.
In July that year, he applied to join Scotland Yard – denying he had ever bene a member of the British National Party or “similar organisation”.
Officers searched his bedroom last year and found neo-Nazi posters, notes detailing his membership of NA, as well as NA badges and business cards.
A jury had deliberated for more than 32 hours to find Hannam guilty on Thursday, April 31.
Judge Anthony Leonard QC lifted a ban on reporting the case after Hannam admitted possessing an indecent image of a child, which was to have been the subject of a separate trial.
Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met's counter-terrorism command, said it was a "unique" case.
He said: "Ben Hannam obviously lied on his application form to join the Met.
"He would never have been able to join had we known then of his interest in the extreme right wing and his previous membership of National Action.
"Once we identified his involvement with that organisation we took immediate steps to arrest him and put him before the court."
Hannam's association with NA ended before he began working for the Met and counter-terrorism officers acted "swiftly" once he had been identified as a suspect.
- MET Police
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