Far-right racist jailed for disseminating terrorist material and other offences

A far-right racist who put up racist stickers across Huddersfield was jailed this week after pleading guilty to various offences, including disseminating terrorist material.

Steven Donovan, 32, of Baker Street in Huddersfield, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday to receive his 27-month prison sentence.

Other convictions related to his possession of racist material and extreme pornography – a trend observed in other convictions of those guilty of far-right-related terror offences.

The counter-terror investigation began after a local PCSO found racist stickers and graffiti in and around Greenhead Park in Huddersfield and raised their concerns further.

A subsequent investigation connected Donovan’s extremist far-right, racist behaviours online with the vandalism in Greenhead Park.

The 32-year-old was charged in August 2021, following their initial arrest in the summer of 2020.

In a statement, Detective Chief Superintendent Jim Dunkerley, who leads Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said: “Communities in West Yorkshire work tirelessly alongside agencies such as the police to ensure our towns and cities are welcoming and inclusive to people of all backgrounds.

“Those that seek to bring hatred to our communities and disrupt cohesion through criminal activities will be tracked down and brought before the courts.

“We must stand together by challenging hateful extremist attitudes and trusting our instincts by reporting concerning or suspicious behaviour to the police.”


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