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Eleven arrested as part of investigation into banned extreme right-wing group in the UK

National Action was proscribed in the UK in December 2016.

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ELEVEN PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in England and Wales this morning as part of a national investigation into the banned group National Action.

The extreme right-wing group was proscribed in the UK in December 2016.

Eleven properties are being searched across a number of areas in England and Wales.

The arrests follow activity earlier this month by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, who is responsible for counter terrorism policing for the North West, said: “We are committed to taking positive action such as this to remove those connected to organisations, such as National Action, from our communities.

Individuals involved in proscribed organisations who support extremist ideologies bring damaging consequences to local communities but with the help of the public and our partners, we will do everything we can do bring these people to justice.

The men arrested were aged between 22 and 35. Six men were from the North West area, one of which has been produced from prison.

Two men were from the South Wales area, two from the West Yorkshire area and one man was from the Wiltshire area.

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