The neo-Nazis are evading authorities by taking on new names – allegedly including Scottish Dawn and NS131 – in a technique used prolifically by Anjem Choudary’s Islamist network.
In December, police subscribed the group as a terrorist organization, making being a National Action member a criminal offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison, but a former detective said police are left powerless to arrest neo-Nazis acting under new names.
The group was banned after five alleged members of National Action – including four serving soldiers – were arrested this week on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.
Reports are saying that known neo-Nazis from National Action were seen meeting at a “terror training camp” in Warrington as recently as last Saturday.
Undercover footage has shown neo-Nazis training with wooden knives and baseball bats, learning mixed martial arts and listening to lectures on “white jihad”.