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Six plead guilty to race charges
Six members of extreme right wing group the Racial Volunteer Force (RVF) are facing jail terms after they pleaded guilty to race hate charges.

Five of them admitted conspiracy to publish RVF's magazine, Stormer, with the intention of stirring up race hate.

A sixth pleaded guilty to possessing a Nazi booklet and charges were dropped against a girlfriend of one of the men.

The men were due to be tried at the Old Bailey but pleaded guilty during pre-trial legal argument.

Racist DVD

The defendants from Manchester, London, Merseyside, Hull and Bedford, are to be sentenced at a later date.

Mark Atkinson, 38, of The Roundway, Egham, Surrey; Nigel Piggins, 39, of Haltemprice Street, Hull; Jonathan Hill, 33, of South Croft, Oldham, Greater Manchester; Steven Bostock, 27, of Westmorland Road, Urmston, Manchester; and Michael Denis, 30, of Ashdown Way, Tooting, south London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Atkinson and Bostock pleaded guilty to operating the RVF's website to stir up race hate.

Piggins also admitted distributing a racist DVD, Skrewdriver Live in Germany.

A sixth defendant, Kevin Quinn, 40, of Ouseland Road, Bedford, pleaded guilty to possessing a November 9th Society nazi booklet, The Longest Hatred.

The prosecution said it intended to drop the conspiracy to publish Stormer charge against Atkinson's girlfriend Elizabeth Hunt, 36, of Dawson Avenue, Southport, Merseyside.

Soho bomber

Prosecutor Max Hill described two editions of the magazine as "offensive, shocking and explicit".

The organisation, which is a splinter group of the right wing Combat 18, had got together to publish their hatred of non-whites and articles featured anti-Jewish headlines such as Roast A Rabbi.

Another edition featured bomb-making instructions and praise of Soho bomber David Copeland, who was jailed for life for murder after attacks targeting the gay community and ethnic minorities in London.

Mr Hill told the judge that it was the Crown's case that RVF's magazine Stormer, which ran to three editions in 2002 and 2003, broke the law.

Judge Jeremy Roberts adjourned the case to Wednesday and ordered pre-sentence reports on the defendants.

Hunt, Quinn and Denis were bailed. The other defendants were remanded in custody and will be sentenced when the reports are complete.


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