A MEMBER of banned neo-Nazi group National Action plotted to murder an MP for ‘white jihad’, a court has heard.
Jack Renshaw bought a machete to kill Labour’s Rosie Cooper last summer.Afterwards, the 23-year-old planned to take hostages to lure a police officer to the scene so he could kill her too.
He was given the blessing of National Action leader Christopher Lythgoe at a meeting in a pub in Warrington, Cheshire, the Old Bailey was told. Lythgoe allegedly told him: ‘Don’t f*** it up.’
The scheme was foiled by disenchanted ex member Robbie Mullen who reported it to campaign group Hope Not Hate, jurors were told. On the opening day of his trial, Renshaw, of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, admitted preparing an act of terrorism and making a threat to kill Det Con Victoria Henderson. But he denies being a member of National Action, along with Lythgoe, 32, and four other men.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said the defendants participated in a banned organisation that used ‘fear, intimidation and the threat of violence’. It is alleged they were part of a branch which met at the Friar Penketh pub.
Following its support for the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, it became the first extreme right-wing group to be banned since World War II. Lythgoe, who denies giving Renshaw permission to murder the MP, allegedly resolved to continue the group, saying in an email: ‘We are just shedding one skin for another.’
Mr Atkinson said Renshaw’s plan was hatched after his arrest in January last year on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred, when he was interviewed by DC Henderson. Its objective was not simply ‘to make a political point’ but to ‘revenge himself on those he considered to be persecuting him’, he said.
On July 1, he unveiled the plot to National Action members in the Friar Penketh, the court heard. He allegedly revealed he had bought a machete marketed as offering ‘19in of unprecedented piercing and slashing power’.
Mr Atkinson said: ‘Renshaw explained that after killing Rosie Cooper, he would take some people hostage, and demand DC Henderson come to the scene. His plan then would be to kill that officer.’ The trial continues.