Police raid Barnsley home in crackdown on far-right extremism

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COUNTER-terrorism detectives are quizzing a Barnsley man today after five homes across the country were raided in a crackdown on far-right extremism.

The 21-year-old was one of five suspected extremists arrested by the North-East Counter Terrorism Unit in raids in North Tyneside, County Durham, Merseyside, Barnsley and London yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the unit said: “All five men have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Public Order Act, publishing or distributing written material which may stir up racial hatred.”

The arrests are being linked with a splinter group of the English Defence League known as the North West Infidels.

The police spokeswoman added: “They have been taken to local police stations for interviewing.

“Searches have now begun at the addresses, together with searches at an address in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, and Leeds, West Yorkshire.”