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A prominent member of the EDL was charged with soliciting murder and using threatening, abusive or insulting words likely to stir up racial hatred on Thursday (17th).

The charges against ‘Wigan Mike’, aka Michael Heaton, stem from his stint as an administrator of the to-the-right-of Mussolini-on-a-bad-day website Aryan Strike Force. Together with his administrator in crime, Trevor Hannington, Heaton spent his time encouraging other far right nutjobs to murder Jews.

Hannington is also accused of terrorism offences having been caught in possession of a complete set of How-to guides to terrorism and having posted instructions on how to make a flame thrower out of a water pistol (with some sticky-back plastic no doubt) on a website.

Although Heaton allegedly broke ties with Aryan Strike Force last year, he has been recently spotted at EDL demos in Manchester, Birmingham, Wrexham and Leeds. While we’re not going to condone banging people up for possessing books or writing things (no matter how vile), the case is another blow to those who want to portray the EDL as a non-racist group with legitimate concerns.


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