Gee whiz. Four members of the British army have been arrested on suspicion of being members of the banned neo-Nazi group National Action. The group was outlawed as a terrorist organisation last year by the home secretary Amber Rudd, who at the time stated that the white supremacist group had no place in Britain.
West Midlands police released a statement saying that they had arrested four men under the Terrorism Act, on suspicion:
of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000; namely on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation (National Action) contrary to sec 11 of the Terrorism Act.
Police say the men are reportedly a 22-year-old from Birmingham, a 32-year-old from Powys, a 24-year-old from Ipswich and a 24-year-old from Northampton.
Making the case even scarier is the fact that it has been confirmed that the men are serving members of the British army, as per an army spokesperson’s confirmation to The Guardian.
We can confirm that a number of serving members of the army have been arrested under the Terrorism Act for being associated with a proscribed far-right group. These arrests are the consequence of a Home Office police force-led operation supported by the army. This is now the subject of a civilian police investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.
The police said that the arrests “were pre-planned and intelligence-led; there was no threat to the public’s safety.”
The National Action were the first extreme right-wing group to be banned under the terrorism laws, and the offence for being a member reportedly carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison.
This is serious stuff, folks.