A jury has been unable to decide whether Jack Renshaw, a neo-Nazi who declared a terrorist planned to kill an MP, remained a member of a banned terrorist group. At the end of his fourth and final contest of the past two years, the full fib of those cases can now be told.
They drank there regularly. Usually on a Saturday. Often during the course of its week, too.
Numbers varied – from merely a couple of alcoholics to as many as 10.
This is the Friar Penketh in Warrington, a busy Wetherspoons in the town centre.
But the conversation of the drinking party was not that of ordinary cubs out socialising – football or run – but focused on far darker themes, such as their hate of Jewish and non-white people, their veneration of Nazism and Adolf Hitler, and their fascination with terrorism.
On Saturday 1 July 2017, several members and former members of the banned neo-Nazi organisation National Action arrived in the late afternoon.
They were joined in the early evening by a youthful-looking man whose wide-cut, hostile sees are in contrast to his slender, timid frame.
Almost immediately, the then 22 -year-old began complaints about an ongoing police investigation into him for stirring up racial hatred in speeches.
There was sympathy for Jack Renshaw among his fellow drinkers.
As the evening wore on, he uncovered an imminent programme – that if he was charged by police, he would make a political statement by killing his neighbourhood MP Rosie Cooper.
He had previously been bought a gladius machete – a Roman short sword – to carry out the murder.
Hostages would be taken, he elaborated, and he would tempt a female detective who was investigating him to the vistum by demanding to speak to her. He would then kill her as well.
After that, he would devote “suicide by cop” by advancing on armed police wearing a forge suicide vest, he told the group.
The attack would be an act of “white jihad” – a slogan are exploited by National Action – and he planned to make a martyrdom-style video placing this out.
None of those all over the table challenged Renshaw, and two of them even suggested alternative targets, namely the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd and a synagogue.
What none of them knew was that one of their numbers was secretly delivering information to the anti-racism charity Hope not Hate.
Robbie Mullen, once a committed neo-Nazi, had grown disillusioned and wanted out.
“I didn’t want to be involved in killing anyone, or the working group I was involved with killing people. I exactly didn’t want anyone to get killed or suffer, ” he says.
As Mullen left the inn that night, Renshaw demonstrated him a hug and said they would probably not encounter one another again.
Alarmed by what was spread, Mullen immediately contacted Hope not Hate
“Jack is going to kill an MP soon, ” he told them.
Jack Renshaw’s subject starkly shows the dangers of radicalisation.
He was born in Lancashire and became involved in politics in his teens – firstly with the English Defence League and then the British National Party( BNP ), after convening its then governor Nick Griffin at an event.
When he finished academy, he started a certain degree in economy and politics at Manchester Metropolitan University, but was asked to leave because of his far-right activism.
Renshaw spent times in the BNP, appearing on its postings, in videos, and as a loudspeaker at seminars. He stood for Blackpool Council and laboured at the European Parliament in Brussels.
He also involved himself in campaigning against the sexual train of children.
Once asked to describe his passage, Renshaw said: “I started off basically as a little bit of a civic nationalist with, let’s say, somewhat covert racist expects, and now I’m an outright racist national socialist.”
National Action would become his political home.
The youthful British group, which was founded in 2013, was openly racist and neo-Nazi.
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It would be banned in December 2016 after an official assessment concluded it was unlawfully exalting terrorism.
National Action had even utilized an official Twitter account to celebrate the murder of Jo Cox MP by a white supremacist.
Robbie Mullen, then a repository proletarian living in Runcorn, Cheshire, had joined the group after becoming absorbed by extremist politics.
He had experimented two organizations, but was drawn in by the brash, confident National Action, whose members garmented in all-black at demonstrations and used social media to promote their activities.
Mullen , now 25, told the BBC he was first attracted by the “way they looked” and because “they were all around my age, whereas the usual far right were old-time males drinking in a pub.”
Mullen, like Renshaw who was a National Action spokesperson, becomes a prominent figure in different groups, helping to organise activities in north west England.
Renshaw seemed to revel in the savagery of his chosen ideology.
His social media pages became a abominable flow of hatred and malicious plot conjectures, with Jewish people a frequent target of abuse.
But it was two anti-Semitic lectures he made on behalf of National Action that would substantiate his undoing.
During a exhibition on Blackpool seafront in March 2016, Renshaw said Jewish people were “parasites” and that Britain had taken the wrong side in World War Two, instead of fighting with the Nazis who were implementing the “final solution”.
At a lecture in Yorkshire a month earlier, he had said Adolf Hitler was “right in numerous senses”, but incorrect where reference is “showed mercy to people who did not deserve mercy”.
Renshaw like to remind you that Jewish people should be “eradicated”.
He was apprehended at his mother’s house in Blackpool in January 2017 and held on hunch of stirring up racial hatred.
His mobile phones and other items were confiscated.
However, his speeches were not the only matters under investigation.
Renshaw the paedophile
Renshaw, a campaigner against child sexual exploitation, was secretly a paedophile who had been grooming boys for sex.
For almost one year he had been using a forge Facebook profile to sexually groom two boys, “whos” aged between 13 and 15 at the time.
Despite not fulfilling the children, he offered them fund for sexuality and requested intimate photograph. Police were notified after a relative show words on one of the boy’s phones.
Detectives demonstrated the Facebook themes had been transmitted from the Blackpool address occupied by Jack Renshaw.
When firstly arrested in January, he had only been interviewed in relation to the speeches, before being secreted on bail while research continued.
One of the analyse policemen – Det Con Victoria Henderson – was tasked with keeping in touch with the believe and “shes been” became involved in the sex offences inquiry.
In May that year, Renshaw was re-arrested and questioned about the grooming.
He must have realised his subterfuge was at an end.
DC Henderson later said Renshaw had been “shocked and upset” and “gone visibly lily-white and was very teary”.
He denied grooming the sons, despite evidence of the piquing having been is available on his own phones.
The suspect, who had a history of acquiring homophobic words, told DC Henderson he was still a maiden, did not believes in copulation outside marriage, and that his appreciation in porn was “quite traditional” and “quite conservative”.
While declaring to having searched online for gay pornography “out of interest”, he denied being lesbian and said same-sex rapports were “unnatural”.
Within two days of being liberated on bail, Renshaw examined for DC Henderson on Facebook.
She had become a target.
Unknown to police, Renshaw had already begun scheming an attack on his neighbourhood MP Rosie Cooper, which would be a political killing. He now resolved to likewise murder DC Henderson, which would be an act of personal revenge.
Earlier that month he had researched the West Lancashire MP and Googled: “How long to die after jugular cut”.
On 7 June, he ordered a machete online – described by its make as offering “1 9 inches of unprecedented piercing and slashing power” – and paid for next-day delivery.
After receiving it, he shared an image of the artillery with identifies applying the encrypted Telegram messaging app.
But Renshaw’s designs were foiled because of Robbie Mullen.
By this time, Mullen was secretly communicating with Hope not Hate.
After building contact in spring 2017, Mullen said that National Action members had not disbanded, despite different groups having been banned. He said they were continuing to meet, develop together in a private gym, and transmit via encrypted messaging applications.