Eleven men have been arrested under anti-terror laws as part of a national investigation into neo-Nazi group National Action, police have said.The arrests include six people from north-west England, two from South Wales, one from Wiltshire, and two from West Yorkshire. National Action became the first far-right organisation to be banned in the UK last year.Eleven properties are being searched across England and Wales.Those arrested – aged between 22 and 35 years-old – are all suspected of membership of National Action.Six are also being questioned about preparing acts of terrorism and five are suspected of funding terrorism.Being a member of – or inviting support for – a proscribed organisation is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has previously described National Action as “a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation”.The arrests were a result of two separate investigations coordinated across a number of police forces, Neil Basu, senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said. Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Those who promote extreme right-wing views are looking to divide our communities and spread hatred. “This will not be tolerated and those who do so must be brought to justice.”Earlier this month, three men – including two British soldiers – were charged under anti-terror laws with being members of National Action.
Source: Wiltshire BBC