Five men and a woman have been charged with being members of banned far-right group National Action following a string of arrests last week.
West Midlands Police said Nathan Pryke, 26, Adam Thomas, 21, Claudia Patatas, 28, Darren Fletcher, 28, Daniel Bogunovic, 26, and 24-year-old Joel Wilmore will all appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
A police spokesman said all six accused, who come from Cambridge, Oxfordshire, Wolverhampton, Leicester and Stockport, had been charged with being a member of a proscribed organisation contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act.
So, banned in December 2016. At which point does membership become a crime?
At the moment of banning? Bit harsh, as it’s only just become illegal. At the end of a subscription? When the membership card runs out?
Note this isn’t about this particular banning, it’s purely about the mechanics of when something legal turns into something illegal.