Man from Sennybridge army camp charged with terrorism offences

All three are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday

All three are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday

Two British soldiers, and a third man, have been charged under terror laws with being members of an outlawed neo-Nazi group.

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Alexander Deakin, 22, Mikko Vehvilainen, 32, and Mark Barrett, 24, are now facing charges due to their alleged membership.

After confirming his details to the court Deakin said: "I'm a prisoner of conscience, I believe I'm innocent of these charges".

All three will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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The arrests were carried out with the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit in conjunction with the Wales Extremism Counter-Terrorism Unit and the East Midlands Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Unit. He is also charged with one count of distributing a terrorist publication. He is also charged with inciting racial hatred after displaying National Action stickers at Aston University campus in Birmingham in July 2016.

Vehvilainen is also charged with publishing material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, allegedly posting comments on the website Christogenea.org intending to stir up racial hatred, the Times reported.

Meanwhile, Deakin, from Great Barr, Birmingham, is charged with one count of being a member of National Action.

The men are among a group of five arrested on September 5.

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A man from Northampton and another from Ipswich, both aged 24, were released without charge on Saturday following inquiries.

The proscription of National Action was billed as the first "right wing" group to be banned in the United Kingdom, joining a list of some 70 mostly global Islamist terror groups.

When she banned the organisation, Interior Minister Amber Rudd branded it as "racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic".

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