Founder of neo-Nazi group National Action jailed for eight-and-a-half years

A founder of banned fascist group National Action (NA) has been jailed for more than eight years.

Alex Davies, described as the “biggest Nazi of the lot”, was found guilty of being a member of the organisation after it was proscribed on December 16, 2016.

The 27-year-old, from Swansea, South Wales, had set up the “continuity group” NS131 with the aim of getting around the ban, which was brought in after NA posted “congratulatory” tweets following the murder of MP Jo Cox.

Davies was jailed at the Old Bailey for eight-and-a-half years by Judge Mark Dennis QC.

The judge also ordered him to spend a further year on extended licence.

During the trial at Winchester Crown Court, prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC described how NA had “terrorised” towns across the country with its call for an “all-out race war”.

The group was a throwback to Hitler’s Germany and based its logo and image on the Sturmabteilung – the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party, he said.

In 2016, Davies travelled to Germany where he posed holding an NA flag and giving the Nazi salute in the execution chamber of the Buchenwald concentration camp, causing indignation in the country where Nazi idolisation is illegal.

Following the ban, NA split into regional factions and Davies set up NS131 – which stood for National Socialist Anti-Capitalist Action – to cover the southern part of the country and which itself was later banned by the Government.

Davies was the 19th person to be convicted of membership of NA, the first right-wing organisation to be banned since the Second World War.

Fellow founder Ben Raymond, 33, of Swindon, had previously been found guilty at a separate trial of membership of a banned terrorist group.

Together, Davies and Raymond had worked since the group’s creation in spreading an “ideology of hatred”, described as “incredibly dangerous” by counter-terrorism police.

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