Channel 4 News reported yesterday that self confessed Neo-Nazi Neil Lewington is facing a life sentence after being convicted of planning a racist terror campaign.
The white supremacist, who was trying to make tennis ball bombs, was found guilty at the Old Bailey in July of preparing for acts of terrorism.
He was also found guilty of having explosives with intent to endanger life and five other terror and explosives charges.
The 44-year-old unemployed electrician of Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, wanted to be a notorious race hate bomber. He admired Soho nail bomber David Copeland and Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh.
He was arrested by chance on a train after travelling from Reading, through London, to Lowestoft, Suffolk, with two firebombs in a holdall in October last year.
Police found he had turned his bedroom in his parents’ house into a bomb factory full of detonators, explosives, weedkiller and racist material.
It also contained three tennis balls and plans to turn them into shrapnel bombs which he said he could throw at the home of an Asian family.
A notebook had been entitled “Waffen SS UK members’ handbook” with a logbook of drawings of electronics and chemical devices.
Lewington wrote a chilling “mission statement” in which he boasted of two-man hit squads bombing the UK at random.
His conviction came after police counter-terrorism chiefs boosted their resources to monitor a surge in the number of suspected far-right plotters.
This has hardly made the news anywhere.
Because the media have been salivating over the victory of the guilty verdicts handed down to fizzy bomb plotters, as a quick scan of today’s front pages attest to.
At a time when the far right poses a clear and present danger to the UK, its very disconcerting to see news of non-muslim extremism being buried in the back pages.