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Neo-Nazi 'who planned to kill' at UK Pride event foiled after telling people on Facebook

Police found a machete, an explosive device and Nazi imagery in 20-year-old's home

Neo-Nazi 'who planned to kill' at UK Pride event foiled after telling people on Facebook
Ethan Stables accused of terrorist attack at UK Pride event

A neo-Nazi planned to murder people at a Pride event with a machete, a court has heard.

The only way he was stopped was after he told people about it on Facebook, police said at Leeds Crown Court.

Ethan Stables, 20, has denied the terrorism attack on attendees at the New Empire pub in Barrow.

Prosecutor describes alleged attempted murderer as a ‘white supremacist’

Prosecutors described him as a ‘white supremacist’ who had a ‘deep-seated hatred’ of gay people.

‘I’m going to walk in with a fucking machete and slaughter every single one of the gay bastards,’ he allegedly said.

Stables, according to prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford, as a supporter of Adolf Hitler and Nazi ideology.

The jury heard over seven months, Stables learned how to make his own explosives and firearms.

‘On 23 June 2017, the defendant became aware that the New Empire public house was going to hold an LGBT event, a Pride night, and he was enraged by that,’ Sandiford said, according to the BBC.

‘He began to take photographs, reconnaissance of the public house with a view to launching an attack later that evening.’

Telling people on Facebook

On a Nazi-themed Facebook group, Stables allegedly told members he planned to murder people at the pub.

One woman, from Staffordshire, spotted the messages from the neo-Nazi  and contacted the local police.

Stables was caught close to the pub, at around 10pm, by Cumbria Police.

Detectives say it was likely this was his last act of reconnaissance before intending to return later with weapons.

They later found a machete, an explosive substance, and Nazi regalia including a swastika armband at his home, the court heard.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.


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