NeoNazi who plotted to kill MP with machete was told to attack

Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd MPCredit:Frank Augstein/AP Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP The prosecution say that Mr Lythgoe commented that Ms Cooper was “a nobody”, before suggesting that Renshaw should target Amber Rudd, the then Home Secretary.However, Mr Atkinson said Renshaw rejected that idea claiming the Secretary of State would be “too well protected”.The prosecution say that among that group in the pub was Robbie Mullen, a former National Action supporter who had become disenchanted and instead was secretly reporting back to Hope Not Hate, an organisation fighting extreme right wing groups. Mr Atkinson said: “The primary purpose of National Action remained the desire to start a race war and to free ’white Britain’ of Jewish control and the proliferation of ethnic minorities.”Many of the defendants, he said, met at a pub in Warrington, Cheshire, where they vowed to continue their now “underground” campaign – “shedding one skin for another”. But in January last year, Renshaw was arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred for anti-Semitic speeches he was said to have made. Rosie Cooper MP After being informed of the threat to kill the female officer and the terrorist plot to kill the MP, Hope Not Hate informed a politician who in turn contacted police. The six men were arrested.Renshaw’s planned attack on his constituency MP would have come one year after Jo Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, by a far right terrorist in June 2016.Lythgoe, from Warrington, denies encouraging Renshaw to commit murder. Renshaw and Lythgoe, along with Garron Helm, 24, and Matthew Hankinson, 24, both from Merseyside, and Andrew Clarke, 33, from Warrington, and Michal [CORRECT] Trubini, a Slovakian national living in Warrington, all deny membership of a banned far right group.The trial continues. When his mobile phone was analysed it was said to contain “evidence of child sex offences of grooming”, for which Detective Constable Victoria Henderson then led the investigation.A few months later, the jury head, Renshaw bought the machete, advertised as “19 inches of unprecedented piercing and slashing power”, and met some of the co-defendants to reveal his plans to kill Ms Cooper, take hostages and then kill the detective.Mr Atkinson said: “Renshaw’s plan had a more sophisticated dimension, in that its objective was not simply to make a political point, as he put it, to kill for National Action and white jihad, but to revenge himself on those he considered to be persecuting him and trying to send him to prison for a significant period, namely Lancashire Police in general and Victoria Henderson in particular.“Renshaw explained that after killing Rosie Cooper he would take some people hostage and would then demand of the police when they attended that DC Henderson come to the scene. His plan then would be to kill that officer who was, he said, his real target.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Rosie Cooper MPCredit:PA A neo-Nazi who plotted to kill a Labour MP with a machete was told to attack the former Home Secretary Amber Rudd, a jury heard yesterday.Jack Renshaw had bought a 19 inch Gladius Machete, a Roman gladiator-style sword, but decided against targeting the Secretary of State because she was “too well protected”, the Old Bailey was told.On the first day of the trial, the prosecution opened their case claiming that Renshaw, 23, and five others in the dock were members of a National Action, a group banned for supporting the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016.While Renshaw denied being a member of that group, he admitted plotting an act of terrorism to kill Rosie Cooper, Labour MP for West Lancashire, and making threats to kill a police officer investigating allegations against him for child sex grooming.Duncan Atkinson QC, prosecuting, claimed Renshaw the co-defendants ignored the ban on the group and “secretly” glorified Hitler, the Third Reich and white supremacism. When Renshaw told the group of his plans at the Warrington pub, Christopher Lythgoe, 32, the leader of National Action, replied ‘don’t f**k it up,” it was claimed. Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of (left to right) Garron Helm, Michal Trubini, Andrew Clarke, Matthew Hankinson, Christopher Lythgoe and Jack Renshaw at The Old Bailey, London Court artist sketch of (left to right) Garron Helm, Michal Trubini, Andrew Clarke, Matthew Hankinson, Christopher Lythgoe and Jack Renshaw at The Old Bailey, LondonCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA read more