Judge Spencer jailed Daniel Wright, Liam Hall, Stacey Salmon and Samuel Whibley for a combined total of 31 years during a sentencing hearing held at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday June 23, after jurors found them guilty of a combined total of 18 offenses following an 11-week trial in court.
The jury heard how the defendants, whose offense was exposed by an undercover officer, met in a private online chat group to share far-right views and propaganda, influence and indoctrinate others and endorse the use of violence to advance their cause.
Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East arrested the group in May last year, and a spokesperson for the police team described how “a partially constructed 3D-printed firearm was recovered from the home of Hall and Salmon in Keighley, West Yorkshire”.
The spokesperson added: “Specialist examination has confirmed that although incomplete, the weapon could have proved lethal if fully assembled. Other weapons were also recovered from the homes of the defendants, in addition to chemicals, practical guides for making explosives and far-right texts and videos.
The four defendants were jailed for a combined total of 31 years, with Wright, 30, of Whinfield Avenue, Keighley, West Yorkshire, given a 12-year custodial sentence and, upon release, will face a a serious crime prevention order and a 30-year sentence. year Part 4 Notification Order. He was found guilty of seven offences, including making a firearm.
Hall, 31, of Hill Top Walk, Keighley, West Yorkshire, was convicted of the offense of making a firearm and possessing a firearm and was given a custodial sentence of 6 years. He will also be subject to a serious crime prevention order upon his release.
Salmon, 31, of Hill Top Walk, Keighley, West Yorkshire, was convicted of a possession of a firearm offense and received a three-year custodial sentence.
Samuel Whibley, 30, of Derwen Deg, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey, was convicted of eight terrorism offenses including abetting terrorism and disseminating a terrorist publication encouraging terrorism. He was sentenced to a 10-year custodial sentence and upon release will be subject to a 30-year Serious Crime Prevention Order and Part 4 Service Order.
Speaking after the sentencing, Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Peter Craig, North East Counter Terrorist Police Officer, said: ‘Today’s result highlights the seriousness of the offenses committed by these individuals and the verdict rendered by the jury in March.
“We work tirelessly to identify individuals who have an extremist mindset and threaten the security and unity of our diverse communities.
“Anyone who engages in terrorist activity or violent extremism in any form can expect to be identified and brought to justice.”
If anyone sees or hears something that doesn’t sound right, online or in real word, they are encouraged to trust their instincts and ACT by reporting it to the police confidentially at gov.uk/ACT . In an emergency, always dial 999.