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County Durham terror accused ready to 'die fighting'

Nicky Davison
Nicky Davison is alleged to have had terrorist manuals

A white supremacist from County Durham was prepared to die fighting for his "unwinnable cause", a court has heard.

Nicky Davison, 19, from Annfield Plain, is accused of possessing terrorist manuals and being part of a neo-Nazi group called the Aryan Strike Force.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he used online forums to rally support for his extremist views.

Mr Davison denies charges of possessing information useful in committing terrorist acts.

His father Ian has admitted possessing the deadly poison ricin.

Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, told the jury about the messages Davison had posted on online forums and heard he was prepared to die for his cause.

'Scum of the earth'

He said Davison wrote: "I know my aims. I don't care if I am fighting a unwinnable battle.

"I would rather die fighting than let the scum of the earth walk over us."

Davison, of Grampian Way, Annfield Plain, denies three charges of possessing a record containing information useful in committing or preparing acts of terrorism.

It was an unmistakable example of neo-Nazis in Britain and this permutation is the most overtly hostile
Dr Matthew Feldman, University of Northampton

Last month his 41-year-old father, of Myrtle Grove, Burnopfield, County Durham, admitted preparing for acts of terrorism and producing a chemical weapon.

The court heard from Dr Matthew Feldman, a lecturer at the University of Northampton, who had studied videos, messages posted online and logs of internet chat.

He said said the Aryan Strike Force considered itself the most extreme right-wing group in Britain.

Its aim was to carry out operations and overthrow the government, which it believed had been taken over by something it called the ZOG - the Zionist Occupied Government, the court heard.

He said: "The Aryan Strike Force regarded itself as the most active, rejectionist and unwilling to compromise on its principles.

"It was an unmistakable example of neo-Nazis in Britain and this permutation is the most overtly hostile.

"This group may be considered an exemplar of violent revolutionary neo-Nazism."

Earlier jurors were told that in June last year police discovered copies of The Poor Man's James Bond and The Anarchist's Cookbook on computers at the County Durham home Nicky Davison shared with his mother and younger brother.

Mr Edis said they showed how to make letter bombs, explosives, detonators, grenades, silencers and poisons.

The case continues.

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