Far right activist admits buying sword to kill MP

A young member of the banned Neo Nazi terror group National Action has admitted buying a Gladiator-style sword to murder his local MP.

Jack Renshaw, 23, bought a ‘Gladius Machete’ with the intention to murder prominent Labour MP Rosie Cooper in the name of National Action.

Renshaw also admitted bragging to former National Action member and pal Robbie Mullin that he would kill serving policewoman Victoria Henderson.

At the Old Bailey on Tuesday morning Renshaw, with short dark hair and dressed in a white shirt, spoke only to plead guilty to the two charges.

Renshaw joined Christopher Lythgoe, 32, Mathew Hankinson, 24, Andrew Clarke, 33, Michal Trubini, 26, and Garron Helm, 25, on charges of belonging to a proscribed group at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Renshaw, of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, Lythgoe, of Woolston, Cheshire, Helm, of Seaforth, Merseyside, Hankinson, of Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside, Clarke, of Warrington, Trubini, of Warrington, all face on count of membership of a proscribed organisation.

Renshaw admitted one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of a terrorist act, namely that between 5 June 2017 and 3 July 2017 with the intention of committing an act of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to the intention namely purchased a ‘Gladius Machete’ for the purpose of murdering Rosie Cooper MP.

He also pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill, namely on 17 July without lawful excuse made a threat to Robbie Mullin that he would kill Victoria Henderson, intending that Robbie Mullin would fear that the said threat would be carried out.

Christopher Lythgoe denies one count of encouraging an offence believing it will be committed, namely that on 1 July 2017 he gave Jack Renshaw permission to murder Rosie Cooper MP on behalf of the proscribed organisation National Action believing that the offence of murder would be committed and believing that by giving permission that act of murder would be encouraged.

The trial continues.

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