Man sentenced for stirring up racial hatred
A man from Wales has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after broadcasting more than 2000 hateful podcasts on his website.
James Allchurch was charged in 2021 by Counter Terrorism Policing North East (CTP NE) after concerns were raised about a website that included thousands of recordings containing material that is seen as racist, homophobic, sexist, anti-Semitic or anti-Islam.
Allchurch was found guilty in March of ten counts under Section 21(1) of the Public Order Act following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.
The 51-year-old was the 'host' of the podcasts, some of which featuring co-presenters and guests. One guest is now a convicted extreme-right-wing terrorist and founder member of proscribed terrorist group National Action.
Detective Chief Superintendent James Dunkerley, head of CTP North East said: “These recordings are insulting and abusive and, by distributing these hateful messages, this man is inciting hatred, potentially threatening the safety of the public and the stability of our communities.
“We will not accept any action which attempts to undermine or divide our communities and will continue to work to counteract the intentions of individuals who seek to do this.
“The CT network and local police forces work hard to identify, arrest and bring to justice anyone who attempts to promote hatred and extremism. The public are key in helping us do that and we would encourage them to bring any posts, websites or activity of concern to the attention of police via www.gov.uk/ACT.”
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