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A Metropolitan Officer Charged Being a Member of Banned 'Neo-Nazi Group' Under Terrorism Act

Metropolitan Officer Charged as Neo- Nazi Terror

A probationary Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with being a member of a banned neo-Nazi group.

Benjamin Hannam, 21, of north London, is accused of being a member of National Action - a neo-Nazi group which is banned in the UK under the Terrorism Act. He has been charged with five offences following an investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.

Scotland Yard says he has been suspended from duty.

The probationaryofficer, who works in 'frontline policing', was previously arrested by counter-terrorism officers at an address in north London, where police carried out a search in May. 

Hannam is charged with two counts of fraud, related to accusations that he denied being a member of the organisation in his application to join the Met Police, one count of possessing an indecent image of a child and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

He has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 6.

In relation to far-right activity, it is alleged that between December 2016 and January 2018 Mr Hannam belonged or professed to belong to a proscribed organisation, namely National Action, contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

He is also accused of falsely representing in his application to join the Met Police that he had not been a member of an organisation similar to the BNP, namely National Action, intending to make a gain for himself.

He is further charged with falsely representing in his vetting form to join the Met that he had not been a member of National Action.

Det Supt Ella Marriott said: "These are extremely serious charges for anyone to face, and I fully understand and appreciate how deeply concerning it might be for the public, and particularly local communities here in north London, that the charges are against a serving police officer."

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