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Neo-Nazi thugs jailed for attacks
The ringleaders of a gang of racist thugs who took swords, pickaxes and petrol bombs onto the streets of Hull have been given lengthy jail terms.

Ben Povey, 24, was jailed for 19 years and Christopher Sirrs, 30, for 14-and-a-half years at Hull Crown Court.

They were found guilty of offences including violent disorder, assault and making an explosive device.

Judge Tom Cracknell said they had shown neo-Nazi tendencies and described them as "bloodthirsty guttersnipes".

Violent attacks

He said they had shown no remorse for an attack on Iraqi asylum seeker Salar Mohammed, 32.

The pair mowed down Mr Mohammed in their Vauxhall Cavalier as he crossed a road in Hull, throwing him into the air "like a rag doll" and breaking his leg in three places.

This was just one in a series of violent attacks which brought Hull's racial tensions to boiling point in July last year, the court heard.

The judge said: "You have exhibited neo-Nazi tendencies like those shown by some groups that have infected the body politic of this country.

'Arrogant bullies'

"I regard Sirrs and Povey as very dangerous young men. They have not shown one moment of remorse about their conduct."

Mr Mohammed said: "I'm glad justice has been done and they can't do any more bad things to other people.

"But I'm not staying longer in Hull. I'm not happy because I always feel someone else will attack me."

Supt Mark Stafford of Humberside Police said: "The arrest and conviction of Christopher Sirrs and Ben Povey is extremely significant in our continued efforts to tackle racist violence in Hull.

"These two men are bullies who have tried to bring fear to sections of our community.

"They are arrogant and have the opinion that they are above the law."

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