‘Neo-Nazi’ accused of terror plot to kill MP Rosie Cooper

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Image caption Rosie Cooper has been the Labour MP for West Lancashire since 2005

An alleged neo-Nazi has appeared in court accused of plotting to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a machete.

The 22-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism, and threats to kill a policewoman.

Christopher Lythgoe, 31, is charged with encouraging him to commit murder.

They are among six men who appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, all of whom are accused of belonging to the banned far-right group National Action.

Lawyers for all six men indicated that they would plead not guilty.

The accused men are:

  • Christopher Lythgoe, 31, of Warrington, Cheshire
  • A 22-year-old man, of Lancashire
  • Garron Helm, 24, of Seaforth, Merseyside
  • Matthew Hankinson, 23, of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside
  • Andrew Clarke, 33, of Warrington
  • Michael Trubini, 35, of Warrington

They were remanded in custody until a pre-trial hearing takes place at the Old Bailey on 3 November.

The charges follow a number of raids across England and Wales by counter-terrorism officers as part of a national investigation into National Action.

National Action became the first far-right group to be banned in the UK, in December 2016.

It means that being a member of or inviting support for the organisation is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

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