Neo-Nazi who kept beheading videos and homemade bomb manuals is jailed

A far-right extremist who collected Nazi memorabilia and manuals on how to kill people while living with his mum has been jailed.

Nicholas Brock, 53, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, decorated his bedroom with SS items, a KKK recognition certificate, and covered himself in neo-Nazi tattoos.

Police found a variety of Second World War knives and recipes for homemade bombs annotated with hand-drawn swastikas.

The specific documents the charges relate to were found organised into a folder labelled “army military manuals” on an external hard drive seized by officers in January 2018.

Videos of “extreme violence” found on devices included footage taken by the 2019 Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant as he shot 51 people dead in Newzealand, beheadings and KKK cross burnings.

The jury at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court heard Brock has tattoos of “Nazi figures from the 1930s and 40s”, an SS Totenkopf skull, and swastikas on his upper body.

In a police interview, Brock claimed he was a military collector and denied downloading the documents.

He said his friends would sometimes come round to play Playstation games in his bedroom and he would often be out of the room “making a cup of tea or a sandwich”.

Prosecutor Emma Gargitter told the sentencing hearing Brock has a conviction for burglary and theft dating back to when he was 19, and more recently for two counts of racially aggravated harassment in 2017.

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He was handed a community order at Berkshire Magistrates’ Court for the harassment after sending racist messages and memes to an ex-partner relating to her mixed-race children – one of whom was just eight years old.

In mitigation Edward Butler, defending, said: “There are cases where those documents are possessed with a particular plan or purpose in mind.

“This is not such a case. These documents were three of a vast quantity of data, much of it macabre and concerning in nature, obviously, but plainly accumulated over many years.”

He said there was “no evidence or suggestion” Brock was a member of any terrorist organisation or “intended to participate in any form of terrorist act”.

Mr Butler said the material was “hoarded” and the idea his client would participate in a knife attack was “fanciful” as he did not have the “physical wherewithal or ability” due to health conditions.

He said Brock was a “vulnerable defendant” who will find prison life “very challenging”.

Sentencing him, Judge Peter Lodder QC said: “It is clear by the wide range of other material that you are a right wing extremist.

“Your enthusiasm for this repulsive and toxic ideology is demonstrated by the graphic, racist, Islamophobic, and white supremacist iconography which you have stored and appear to share with others of similar views.”

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Judge Lodder said he did not find Brock met the "dangerousness" provisions in the law – which would have meant he was eligible for a longer prison sentence.

Brock, of Lancaster Road, Maidenhead, was jailed for four years with a licence extension of one year.

He will not be released until he has served at least two thirds of the sentence.

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