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BNP wooed this violent racist

Issue No. 1821

DAVID TOVEY was convicted last week for stockpiling an arsenal of explosives and guns. Police believe he wanted to launch a one-man race war against black people. All the evidence points to Tovey, from Swindon, seeking to copy the Nazi nailbomber David Copeland, who killed and maimed with three attacks in London three years ago.

Copeland had been a member of the British National Party and was filmed next to its then leader John Tyndall. A police search of Tovey's home revealed a letter from the BNP inviting him to join.

They also found a pump action shotgun, a sub machine gun, thousands of rounds of ammunition, plastic explosive, home-made napalm and bomb making equipment. They were led to the house after Tovey was caught on CCTV cameras scrawling slogans such as 'All whites are shit' in an effort to create an anti-black backlash.

It tells you everything you need to know about the supposedly reformed BNP that it thought such a violent racist fanatic would make a good recruit.

THE BNP is trying to con voters in a council by-election which was due to take place on Thursday of this week in Lewisham, south east London. The south east London area has seen two horrific, almost fatal racist attacks over the last three weeks while the election campaign has been taking place. A 19 year old black man was stabbed four times in the chest and back in Bermondsey on 20 September.

The assailant racially abused the victim. Then the following Friday a 15 year old boy on a bus was stabbed through the heart in Brockley Rise, also in south east London. The three attackers made racist remarks as soon as the boy boarded the bus and stabbed him even though he and his friends ignored the comments.

These attacks follow five serious racist assaults in Eltham, south east London. That is where Stephen Lawrence was murdered nine years ago.

Fini in Britain

GIANFRANCO Fini, leader of the Mussolini worshipping National Alliance party in Italy and the country's foreign minister, has been invited to address the Italian Business Club in London.

The Anti Nazi League has called a protest outside the event, which takes place almost 80 years to the day after Mussolini's seizure of power.

Protest Tuesday 22 October, 8am-10am, outside Claridge's Hotel, 53 Brook Street, London (Bond Street tube).

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Sat 12 Oct 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1821
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