Teenage racist faces joining his neo-Nazi father in jail after being convicted of terror charges


Extreme: Nicky Davison arriving at court

A teenage white supremacist, who helped his father form an extreme neo-Nazi group to overthrow the Government, was convicted yesterday of terrorism offences.

A jury took just 50 minutes to find 19-year-old Nicky Davison, a former milkman's assistant, guilty of possessing terror documents.

His father Ian, 41, who set up an online organisation called the Aryan Strike Force, has already admitted six charges.

They include producing the deadly poison ricin, one of the world's most dangerous substances.

The jury was told how terror manuals including The Anarchist Cookbook and The Poor Man's James Bond, were found on two computers at the house of Nicky's mother.

Both included detailed descriptions on how to make ricin, bombs and other explosives.

Ian Davison, a jobless divorcee, had set up the ASF website in January 2008, and the court heard the group were 'in the early stages of becoming active'.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the jury: 'He was associated, with other people, as part of an organisation, preparing to do ops, in other words paramilitary activity.

'They were in the early stages of preparation.' Davison junior denied any knowledge of the documents, claiming that a 'mischievous' friend had downloaded them on to his computer.

He also claimed he had gone along with his father's racist views, not because he believed in them but because he wanted to please him.

Despite his apparent reservations, joined the ASF as its website administrator. The court also heard how he had used his IT skills to 'cannibalise' laptop and desktop computer parts which could be used in the production of makeshift explosive devices.

In court, the teenager tried to blame his father, saying: 'It had been drilled into me by my dad. At first I didn't want to hear it. I was shocked by it but came to accept it.'

ricin plot

Police officers stand guard outside the home of white supremacist Ian Davison in County Durham, after the deadly poison ricin was discovered in a jam jar in his kitchen

He said Davison would shout at him if he played his favourite music, which included black-influenced R&B and rap. 'He hated it,' he told the jury.

'He would call me a race traitor or a "wigger" [a white person who tries to imitate black culture]. I didn't want to lose my dad by not being the person he wanted me to be.'

He was found guilty of three counts of possessing a record containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing for acts of terrorism.

The teenager, who had written online that he was prepared to 'die fighting', bowed his head as the guilty verdicts were read out at Newcastle Crown Court. He was allowed to hug his sobbing mother before being taken away.

Terror Manual

DIY terrorism: publications such as The Poor Man's James Bond provide tips on making weapons

Outside court, Detective Superintendent Neil Malkin said the pair fully intended to use the ricin and were not simply fantasists.

'I have no understanding of their intended target,' he said.

'What I do know is the nature of the organisation and what it had pulled together in terms of the ricin, pipe bombs and the manuals can only give me concerns that the next step was to take it to the streets.'

He revealed the deadly substance had been found in a sealed jam jar and was in a usable state. Davison, a former pub DJ, was the head of the ASF, which had 'abhorrent views' towards 'ethnic minorities and Jewish people', he added.

'But the son was old enough to know his own mind.

'Nicky lived in an atmosphere of extreme Right-wing white supremacist neo-Nazi rhetoric and he has embraced that,' Detective Superintendent Malkin said.

Davison, of Burnopfield, Durham, admitted preparing for acts of terrorism and producing a chemical weapon last summer. He also admitted three counts relating to possessing the handbooks.

Ricin is extracted from the castor bean and exposure to an amount equivalent to jus half a grain of sand can be fatal. It has no antidote.

Race-hate conspiracy born in a sleepy village

The outside of No 3 Myrtle Grove looked pleasant enough. The garden was well kept, the hedges trimmed back, and the front step kept clean and tidy.

But the reality behind the front door was very different.

For this two-bedroom terraced house, in the sleepy County Durham village of Burnopfield, was actually the headquarters of a vile white-supremacist group, with deadly poisons including ricin at its disposal.

At its helm was Ian Davison, a neo-Nazi with previous convictions for criminal damage and robbery, and his son, Nicky, a former milkman's assistant.

The 19-year-old had left school with few qualifications but with a keen interest in computers.

Neither worked. Instead, they both claimed benefits and spent their days inside, along with several pet tarantulas, snakes and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Away from the prying eyes of neighbours, the pair created the online front of the Aryan Strike Force, paying just £36 a month to a U.S.-based server to set it up.

They planned to use it to recruit like-minded individuals who also hated blacks, Muslims and Jews, and wanted to overthrow ' Zionist' governments around the world.

They even downloaded terror manuals including the Anarchist Cookbook, the Mujahideen Explosives Handbook, Poor Man's James Bond and Kitchen Complete for tips on bomb-making.

Davison, a divorced father of three, also owned pamplets on the military, weapons and terrorism, along with files on how to make pipe bombs.

By the time police raided the house last summer, 360 members had joined the ASF from all over the world, including the U.S., Germany and Serbia. They all shared the same goal: To rid the world of 'subhumans'.

A police source said they had no doubt Davison was prepared to act. 'He was one step away from walking out of the door and doing something,' the source said.

Indeed, in a kitchen cupboard hidden behind a drum of table salt, they found a glass jar that had once been used for pickled onions.

Inside was 22ml of the deadly poison, ricin - enough for about ten fatal doses. According to the jar's best before date, it had been there since 2006.

'Davison Snr's views developed over time,' said the police source. 'After going online he accessed websites and started to look at places where those kinds of views were shared with other people. It was everything he talked about in the house.'

Police said that while he and his son may not have formulated a specific plot and lacked the leadership to see it through, their convictions indicate a far greater problem - and not one restricted to the more disaffected areas of broken Britain.

'Extreme Right-wing activity is something that is there, on our radar and appears to be growing,' said the police source.

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