Cop who called Hitler 'the big man' becomes first convicted of being neo-Nazi

A police officer is the first in Britain to be convicted of membership in a neo-Nazi terrorist group.

22-year-old rookie Ben Hannam was found guilty of membership in the banned right-wing extremist group National Action (NA) after a trial at the Old Bailey.

A jury had considered for more than 32 hours to find Hannam guilty on Thursday.

Hannam admitted having an indecent picture of a child who should have been the subject of a separate trial.

Hannam had worked for the Metropolitan Police as a probation officer for nearly two years before he was found in a leaked database of users of the far-right Iron March forum.

He signed up for the forum when he joined the London office of the neo-Nazi group NA in March 2016.

The officer who has autism said he was “desperate to impress an older NA organizer” who gave him free stickers and badges.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command, said it was a “one-of-a-kind” case.

He said: “Ben Hannam apparently lied on his application form to join the Met.

“He could never have joined if we had known at the time of his interest in the far-right wing and his previous membership in National Action.

“After we determined his involvement in this organization, we immediately took steps to arrest him and bring him to justice.”

He stressed that there was no evidence that Hannam had abused his position “to promote his extremist views”.

In his first post on the Iron March, Hannam wrote that he was “totally influenced” by NA.

He went on to recruit a new member through Iron March and said it was “always good when more people join, which means we can arrange more stuff that is just more fun for everyone!”

He told him that most NA people agreed that the tagline “Hitler was right” was “a little nervous,” but added, “Then again, it’s pretty funny and we all know our attitude towards the great man.”

When officers searched his bedroom last year, they found neo-Nazi posters, notes about his membership in NA, and NA badges and business cards.

Hannam told the judges: “I got the impression that this was a kind of youth network.

“I’ve never done NA or done banner drops. I’ve been sticking to social activities.

“Most of the time I went to the pub and went for a walk. Other times, I camped or boxed.”

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