British soldiers among three men charged over suspected far-right terrorism

British soldiers among three men charged over suspected far-right terrorism

Three men, including two serving soldiers, have been charged by British police with terrorism offences, including belonging to a banned far-right group.

The men were among five arrested on September 5 as part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation.

The other two were released without charge on Sunday.

West Midlands Police said 22-year-old Alexander Deakin, 32-year-old Mikko Vehvilainen and 24-year-old Mark Barrett had all been charged with being members of neo-Nazi organisation the National Action group.

Barrett and Vehvilainen both gave their addresses as British army bases.

All three will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

National Action became the first far-right group to be outlawed in Britain last year after the murder of member of parliament Jo Cox, whose killing the group had praised.

Police said Deakin had also been charged with possessing documents useful in committing or preparing an act of terrorism, distributing a terrorist publication and inciting racial hatred.

Vehvilainen was also charged with possessing documents useful in committing or preparing an act of terrorism, as well as publishing threatening or abusive material and possessing a weapon.

Reuters