Couple Who Named Baby After Hitler Are Members Of A Dangerous Neo-Nazi Group
A couple who named their child after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have been found guilty of being part of a banned ultra-right wing group in England.
Adam Thomas 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were convicted of being part of the group National Action, a right-wing political group that was banned in the country in 2016. They were found guilty along with four other men.
According to the UK's press association, the couple gave their baby boy 'Adolf' as a middle name to show Thomas' admiration of the dictator.
The jury was also shown an image of Patatas' back tattoo which replicates the floor design inside a former SS headquarters in Wewelsburg Castle in Germany.
During the proceedings, the court was shown images from inside the couple's home where KKK-style garments, jackets with the Nazi Swastika emblem and Nazi and KKK flags were found.
Speaking after Monday's verdict, head of West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Ward said all six people posed a serious threat to English society.
"These individuals were not simply racist fantasists; we now know they were a dangerous, well-structured organisation," Ward said in a statement.
"Their aim was to spread neo-Nazi ideology by provoking a race war in the UK and they had spent years acquiring the skills to carry this out. They had researched how to make explosives. They had gathered weapons. They had a clear structure to radicalise others. "
What Is National Action?
National Action is a far-right extremist group that was banned under UK anti-terrorism law in December 2016. It is the first far-right group to be proscribed since World War Two.
Being part of the group or inviting people to join it now carries a maximum 10 year jail sentence.
The 'neo-nazi' group was created in 2013 and had branches across the UK. Its aim was to intimidate local communities by holding confronting street rallies. The group was most active in Yorkshire in England's north, but it distributed information in universities and other institutions around the country.
Home Secretary in 2016, Amber Rudd, worked to ban the group and enforce a harsh penalty for membership.
"National Action is a racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology, and I will not stand for it," Rudd said.
"It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone."
The couple, along with four other men, will be sentenced in December.
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