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National Action trial: Nazi accused 'discussed martyrdom'

Mark Jones and Alice Cutter Image copyright West Midlands Police/PA
Image caption Mark Jones and Alice Cutter are on trial with two others accused of being part of the far-right group, National Action

A "Miss Hitler" contest entrant accused of being a neo-Nazi terrorist discussed with her boyfriend becoming a martyr, a court heard.

Alice Cutter, who is accused of being a member of banned group National Action, was texting Mark Jones the day after Valentine's Day 2017.

She was said to have text: "I'm not really keen on becoming a martyr and leaving kids behind or having them suffer too."

The pair deny being part of the group.

At Birmingham Crown Court, jurors heard of an exchange that picked up the thread of a conversation the couple, of Mulhalls Mill, Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, had been having on 14 February.

In texts sent the following day, Ms Cutter, aged 22, told 24-year-old Jones: "Can't think of anybody better to attempt to carve out an existence with."

Mr Jones replied: "Ride the tiger. Don't over think it, as their whole world view is self-defeating in the end."

Ms Cutter said she did not want to be a martyr, the court heard, adding: "But they [their children] will suffer anyway, if we don't do this.

"And I see being childless as a non-option.

"I fear what's coming for all our sakes, but it's no good thinking like this."

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Image caption Mr Jones had an "original wedding edition" of Mein Kampf, the court heard

Mr Jones was an "admirer" of Hitler and had a gift edition of the Nazi leader's book Mein Kampf, he had previously told the jury.

His girlfriend had entered a "Miss Hitler" pageant under the name "Buchenwald Princess" referencing the infamous Nazi concentration camp, jurors heard.

Mr Jones and Ms Cutter are on trial alongside Garry Jack, 23, of Heathland Avenue, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, and Connor Scothern, 18, of Bagnall Avenue, Daybrook, Nottingham, who both deny the same charge.

The trial continues.

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