Picture the British far right and the image most likely conjured up will be of middle-aged men at a protest, perhaps a group like the English Defence League or British National Party.
But as counterterror police have now warned, the face of right-wing extremism in the UK is changing to become younger and more “digital savvy”.
Officers have revealed that they have investigated children as young as 14 for involvement in neo-Nazi movements, whose leaders are deliberately preying on vulnerable minds susceptible to their poisonous rhetoric.
“We’re increasingly seeing people on the periphery of these groups or at risk from them who have other vulnerabilities and complex needs, whether that be age, mental health or something else,” said a detective who has investigated the banned National Action group.
“They are young individuals, boys and girls, often with mental health needs, who are isolated and disenfranchised with society.”