A mother and father who named their baby after Adolf Hitler have been convicted of being members of a neo-Nazi group.
Amazon security guard Adam Thomas, 22, and his girlfriend, Claudia Patatas, 38, are facing up to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of being part of banned extreme right group National Action today.
A search of the couple’s Oxfordshire home uncovered Nazi memorabilia, a Ku Klux Klan outfit and an arsenal of deadly weapons including crossbows, machetes and axes.
Pictures later emerged of Thomas, originally from the West Midlands, wearing the white hooded mask synonymous with the white supremacist group as cradling his young child.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court was told the couple had given their child the middle name ‘Adolf’, which self-confessed racist Thomas admitted was in ‘admiration’ of Hitler.
Adam Thomas (middle) and his partner Claudia Patatas (right), at their home in Waltham Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire, with friend Darren Fletcher (left)
Adam Thomas (right) and Claudia Patatas (left) are pictured holding a Swastika flag while holding their baby. Today they have been found guilty of being members of extreme right group National Action, banned by the Government in 2016
A white Ku Klux Klan hood was found during a search of the couple’s home in Banbury, Oxfordshire (left). Photos then emerged of Thomas wearing the outfit while holding his baby in his arms
Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas’s house in Oxfordshire where memorabilia which had the swastika emblazoned on it was found
Guilty: Adam Thomas (left) and his girlfriend Claudia Patatas (right) are pictured in their police mugshots
A third defendant, a leading member of National Action’s Midlands’ branch, Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Leicester, was also convicted of being a member of National Action.
Bogunovic already had a conviction from earlier this year for stirring up racial hatred by plastering Aston University in Birmingham with the group’s offensive stickers.
The jury of six men and five women found Thomas guilty of an additional offence of having a terrorist manual called the Anarchist’s Cookbook. Patatas was bailed ahead of sentencing.
They were told he and his partner intended to wage a ‘holy war’ against black, Jewish, Asian and gay people.
Asked about his child’s middle name, Thomas said it did ‘reflect an interest’ and ‘admiration’ of the Nazi leader.
He told the court: ‘It definitely doubles up as the name of Adolf Hitler.
Claudia Patatas is pictured leaving Warwick Drown Court this afternoon, covering her face after she was bailed ahead of sentencing
Thomas brandishes his crossbow as he stands in front of a Confederacy flag
A swastika pastry cutter (pictured) was found at the couple’s home in Banbury, Oxfordshire
The US confederate Ku Klux Clan branded flag was founding hanging from the window of the couple’s home in Banbury, Oxfordshire
A mug displaying the emblem of the Nazi-era SS organisation, found on the living room side board, during police searches of the couple’s home
‘It’s undeniable and I don’t make a secret of it. It does reflect an interest in that topic and admiration for what it represents.’
He said the name Adolf was ‘not controversial’ in Portugal, where his partner Patatas is from, claiming the couple planned to move there.
What is National Action? How ‘racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic’ far-right group became the first to be outlawed since WWII
National Action (NA) was founded in August 2013 by Benjamin Raymond and Alex Davies.
Davies was once quoted as saying ‘I don’t want to say what I’d do to Jews, it’s too extreme’, while Raymond had said: ‘There are non-whites and Jews in my country who all need to be exterminated’, adding he ‘loved Hitler’.
The group’s logo borrowed heavily from the Second World War Nazi organisation the SA.
NA was also known for its slick propaganda on social media, but also leaflets and stickers, with mottos such as ‘White Jihad’ and ‘Britain is ours – the rest must go’.
Experts have described NA as ‘potentially the most dangerous… of any fascist movement to appear in the UK for many years’.
The group itself would proclaim in August 2015, that ‘only bullets will stop us’.
Its first demonstration was a banner drop in Birmingham in November 2013.
The organisation hit headlines when members voiced support for the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016 by Thomas Mair, with its North East division’s Twitter account stating: ‘Vote Leave – don’t let this man’s sacrifice be in vain.
The organisation even took Mair’s outburst at his trial – ‘death to traitors, freedom for Britain’ – as its slogan on its former website.
Members attended demonstrations along with other far right groups, in places like York, Liverpool, Darlington and Newcastle.
At its height it had between 70-100 members, recruiting mainly young people aged 15-29, but also trying – and succeeding in at least one case – to attract members of the Armed Forces.
It was banned by Home Secretary Amber Rudd on December 16, 2016 after a series of incidents, including its voicing support for the murder of Jo Cox.
The group had not carried out any terrorist attacks but was linked to a plot to kill Labour MP Rosie Cooper.
In total, 10 people have now been convicted or admitted membership of the terrorist group.
Asked by the prosecution if he was a racist, he answered: ‘Yes’.
Prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC told the court earlier in the trial: ‘National Action is a group of vehement neo-Nazis, glorifying Hitler and the Third Reich.
‘Openly and aggressively Nazi, National Action is anti-black, anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic and anti-gay.
‘The world into which this case will take you is a world in which any right-thinking person would wish did not exist.
‘All the defendants in this case were cut from the same National Action cloth. They were fanatical, highly motivated, energetic and closely linked.’
Thomas was described in court as a ‘vehement Nazi’ who worked as an Amazon security guard.
Over the course of a seven-week hearing, jurors were told how the racist couple met online in November 2016 before moving in together the following April.
Photographs from their ‘family album’ showed Thomas cradling his newborn son dressed in hooded white KKK robes.
The fascist pair can also be seen smiling for another picture with the baby, who was born in late 2017, while proudly displaying a Swastika flag.
They joined National Action after being ‘fuelled by hatred and division’ and engaged in a ‘terror born out of a fanatical and tribal belief in white supremacy,’ the court heard.
Both defendants had attended meetings of the far-right group, formed in 2013, prior to its ban in December 2016.
The group was prohibited by the Government after members celebrated the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair earlier that year.
Despite being outlawed, the group carried out ‘White Jihad’ – a white holy war – to uphold white supremacist values around the country.
The court heard transcripts of encrypted Telegram chat messages following the ban proving all three defendants were still members of the group post-proscription.
Patatas, a wedding photographer, used the chat platform to message another ‘vehement Nazi’ Darren Fletcher, 28, saying ‘all Jews must be put to death’.
The Portuguese-born mother, who has a black sun SS symbol tattooed on her back, also revealed she once celebrated Hitler’s birthday by eating a cake with a ‘Fuhrer face’ decorated on it.
She wrote: ‘I did struggle to slice his face. Adolf is life.’
Meanwhile Thomas called on refugees to be gassed, black people to be killed and the Chinese people to be turned into biofuel in a string of vile racist messages.
A photograph shows Claudia Patatas’s tattoo, a ‘black sun’ used by the SS in Nazi Germany
Weapons found in Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas’ house included a dagger (left) and a hammer which had a blade attached to it (right)
Adam Thomas is pictured wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe, clutching and machete and posing in front of a US confederate Ku Klux Klan branded flag
One of the weapons found was marked with a Swastika (left) and the house had many Ku Klux Klan flags (right)
A crossbow which seemed to be in camouflage print was also found at the couple’s home
A black jacket with a Swastika armband and an SS death skull badge was found in the house in Barnbury, Oxfordshire
He also said homosexuals and mixed-race children should be killed by stoning, beheading and hanging and wanted to start a British chapter of the KKK.
Thomas put: ‘We could slaughter billions of non-whites no problem, we are superior….Personally all I want is a white homeland.
What is the black sun?
It was a symbol employed by the SS during the Nazi-era and can also be found in some occult subcultures such as Satanism, or Old Norse and Celtic cultures.
It has countless variations, and was featured on the floor of Wewelsburg castle near Paderborn, in Germany- which was refurbished and used as a base for the SS by Heinrich Himmler.
Post-World War II the symbol continued to be used by neo-Nazi and alt-right groups.
‘I don’t accept anyone who isn’t 100 per cent white.’
The messages from the chat group ‘TripleK Mafia’ were found by police on a mobile phone seized from National Action Midlands leader Alex Deakin, 23, from Birmingham.
Jurors heard Thomas – who posed for photos in front a US Confederate flag with his crossbows – used his weapons for target practice in his back garden.
When counter terror police raided their home they found Nazi flags, Ku Klux Klan robes and a variety of fascist memorabilia – including Swastika cushions and pastry cutters.
The couple even had racist Christmas cards – including one bearing a picture of KKK members and the message ‘May All Your Christmasses Be White’.
Newspaper cuttings relating to the Norwegian far-Right mass murderer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011, were also found in the couple’s living room.
Patatas is pictured with Thomas’s close friend Darren Fletcher, who is awaiting sentence after admitting being part of National Action at the beginning of court proceedings
Ku Klux Klan-styled Christmas card shown to jurors at Birmingham Crown Court, found on the side board during police searches of Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas’ home in Oxfordshire
Jurors were also shown two scatter cushions with Swastikas that were found in the living room of the couple’s home during police searches
Thomas also claimed his racist views came from when he was a small child – and were influenced by the notorious ‘white power’ skinhead band Skrewdriver.
He told jurors his stepfather had been in the band and had a tattoo of the group’s logo on his arm.
Asked by his barrister Frida Hussain when his ‘support for white nationalism’ developed, Thomas said at the age of five.
He said: ‘My stepfather was in the band Skrewdriver.’
Ms Hussain asked: ‘What was the band’s attitude towards race?’
He replied: ‘It was widely known as a white power band. It has very racist views.’
His barrister quizzed him again: ‘How did your stepfather indicate his allegiance to that band?’
The father-of-one replied: ‘He had a tattoo of Skrewdriver on his forearm.
‘When I was five, he’d talk to me about that (the tattoo) and shave my head as well.
‘He talked a lot about it and used the usual derogatory terms about race.’
The band was formed in Poulton, Lancashire, in 1976 and was originally non-racist but became a white supremacist rock band after reuniting in the 1980s.
Thomas claimed family members, including his parents and grandparents on both sides, had routinely used racist language around him.
Adam Thomas is pictured with his face covered and posing with a long-bladed knife
His mother’s partner, who was not named in court, was a member of the rock group, fronted by Ian Stuart Donaldson.
A reflection of the group’s ethos can be found in the opening lyrics to the 1983 single White Power: ‘I stand and watch my country, going down the drain. We are all at fault, we are all to blame.
‘We’re letting them take over, we just let ’em come. Once we had an empire, and now we’ve got a slum.’
The group had associations with far-right groups in the UK, including the National Front.
Donaldson died in a car crash in Derbyshire in September 1993, but has since become a figurehead of far-right skinhead groups.
Thomas’s close friend Darren Fletcher, 28, of Wednesfield, West Midlands, Joel Wilmore, 24, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, and Nathan Pryke, 26, of March, Cambridgeshire all admitted being part of the group at the beginning of the trial.
They will be sentenced on December 14.
British Army veteran who tried to recruit soldiers for terror group National Action is jailed for eight years
A British Army veteran who fought in Afghanistan and was described as an ‘outstanding’ soldier was at the heart of a neo-Nazi terrorist group which set its sights on recruiting from within the armed forces, it can be revealed today.
White supremacist and self-confessed racist Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen, 34, believed a ‘race war’ was coming and tried to establish an all-white armed stronghold in Powys, Wales, a court heard.
The Royal Anglian Regiment soldier who served with distinction since 2012 was convicted of being a member of neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action, and was jailed for eight years.
He was kicked out of the Army after his arrest in September 2017, along with another soldier as he tried to form an underground network and stockpiled weapons.
His case has not been able to be reported until today as six others accused of joining the terror organisation had been to trial.
The fallout from his trial led to Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton posting a social media video which said: ‘If you’re a serving soldier or a would-be soldier, and you hold these intolerant and extremist views, as far as I’m concerned, there is no place for you in the British Army – so get out.’
Mikko Vehvilainen, now 34, who joined the Army in 2012 was known as an ‘outstanding soldier’ and boxer but he was jailed for eight years in March. Pictured above, believed to be in Afghanistan
Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen, 33, kept swastika bunting, an SS ceremonial dagger and a ‘crudely made’ electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device capable of inflicting serious wounds
Vehvilainen believed a ‘race war’ was coming and attempted to recruit soldiers in the British Army. He was pictured performing a Nazi salute in his native Finland
Jailing Vehvilainen in March, Judge Melbourne Inman QC told the veteran he had a ‘long and deep-seated adherence’ to racist ideology.
Now, details of how National Action followers were planning their ‘battle’ have emerged now other cases have been completed.
Today, a mother and father were found guilty of membership to National Action, while three others admitted charges earlier in their trial.
Vehvilainen appeared in the Birmingham Crown Court dock at his trial alongside fellow 2 Anglians soldier Private Mark Barrett, who was also accused of membership of the banned group.
Barrett was acquitted of being a National Action member, but jurors heard that he had a cardboard swastika openly displayed on his windowsill at Alexander Barracks in Cyprus.
Joel Wilmore, 24, who admitted membership of neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action, which was banned in 2016
The 25-year-old told police during interviews that his sketchbook doodles of the Nazi symbol and Second World War German tanks had been at the behest of ‘intimidating’ Vehvilainen.
It is understood that Vehvilainen and Barrett, formerly of Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore, Rutland, have since been thrown out of the Army.
Two other soldiers, both of whom knew Vehvilainen, faced criminal charges but were internally disciplined and remained in the Army.
Police discovered Vehvilainen kept swastika bunting, an SS ceremonial dagger and a ‘crudely made’ electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device at his home.
Police officers also discovered a swastika flag, Adolf Hitler stickers, and a CD containing Third Reich music at his properties in Brecon and Llansilin, Powys.
Machetes, knuckledusters, a crossbow with arrows, a large knife and a hammer were also recovered from the properties.
He had a picture at the property in Llansilin, which showed him giving a Nazi-type salute at a memorial to his native Finland’s independence, in 1917.
Earlier this year, a Birmingham Crown Court jury cleared him of possession of a terrorism document – the Anders Breivik manifesto. Breivik killed 77 people in two attacks in Norway in 2011.
He was also found not guilty on two counts of stirring up racial hatred relating to forum posts on a white nationalist website.
However he was jailed in March for being a member of National Action.
Vehvilainen’s weaponry was found when police searched his home as they investigated his links to a banned extremist organisation in Britain known as National Action
Before his conviction, Vehvilainen was considered an ‘outstanding’ soldier and Army boxer who had risked his life for Queen and country.
Vehvilainen had been a key part of National Action’s strategy of attempting to grow its membership within the armed forces.
Other National Action members, some who pleaded guilty and some convicted after trial, also tried repeatedly to join the Army but were rejected.
Vehvilainen, a married father-of-three, lived at Sennybridge Camp, Powys, Wales, but was renovating a home he had bought in the village of Llansilin, in efforts to build a whites-only stronghold.
It was in that house police found a photograph showing him giving a Nazi-style salute at a 1917 memorial to his native Finland’s independence.
Officers also uncovered what prosecutors described as an arsenal of weapons, including a warhammer, a legally held shotgun, swastika bunting and other Nazi paraphernalia.
In the garage of his house at Sennybridge, he kept a makeshift target dummy, and body armour which had been spray-painted black.