COUNTERTERROR police arrested a 21-year-old Blackpool man yesterday for inciting racial hatred.
The man was arrested for two public order offences after allegedly using threatening, abusive and insulting words likely to stir up racial hatred.
One charge relates to remarks on social media, the other to words spoken at an event in Blackpool in March last year organised by the North West Infidels, a far-right group associated with the English Defence League and banned neonazi group National Action.
At the event, supporters cheered as Jews were described as “parasites” and Hitler was praised amid claims Britain “took the wrong side” in the second world war.
A police spokeswoman said: “The man will be interviewed at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.”
Support or membership of National Action was outlawed under the Terrorism Act last month, making it the first far-right movement to be prohibited as a terror group.
The group says it wants to fight the “disease” of “international Jewry” and admires Adolf Hitler. It is understood to have grown out of splinter groups of other far-right organisations and its membership numbers are not known publicly.