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Cop and doc named on BNP activist list

PUBLISHED: 16:26 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 25 August 2010

TREACHERY’:  Nick Griffin.

TREACHERY': Nick Griffin.

A LIST leaked on the internet has revealed nearly 70 people living in Bexley and Greenwich are British National Party (BNP) members and activists.

A LIST leaked on the internet has revealed nearly 70 people living in Bexley and Greenwich are British National Party (BNP) members and activists.

The list, including the names, addresses, jobs and phone numbers of about 12,000 people across the country associated with the far-right political party was believed to have been released on the internet by former member on Tuesday night.

In Bexley borough, 51 people living in Sidcup, Thamesmead, Welling, Bexleyheath, Belvedere and Crayford were listed including a doctor, former fireman, security officer and a 'gold badge' member.

Also listed was a former Eltham PCSO, who was suspended last Christmas when he was arrested and charged for owning CS spary and buying a stun gun.

Speaking to the Times in March, Greenwich borough commander Chris Jarrett said BNP members do not deserve a place in his force.

Other members included 12 from Eltham and six from Greenwich and Woolwich.

Party leader, Nick Griffin described the leak as a "disgraceful act of treachery" by a former 'hardline' member and called for a police investigation.

But he welcomed publishing occupations of members to counter the perception that the average BNP member was a "skinhead oik".

He added: "So in terms of repositioning us as a party genuinely made up of ordinary British people from all walks of life that will actually do us good."

Although the party won a council seats in Lancashire and Stoke On Trent and a seat on the London Assembly this year, Labour MPs are pushing for legislation for trade unions to expel members who belong to the party.

Retired police officer and BNP council candidate for East Wickham Michael Barnbrook, 65, from Sidcup, said the publication of the list does not worry him but this will put people of joining the party.

He said: "Most members of the BNP are fearful because it can cost them their jobs.

"We are a legal party in this country and in the Human Rights Act, protects people being discriminated because of their political beliefs.

"I have taken people to meetings who think it will be full of thugs and racists and it isn't. It is ordinary people.

"I am not saying there are no racists in the party but there are racists everywhere."

But Gerry Gable, publisher of Searchlight, a London-based anti-fascist magazine said it was worrying that there were members of the police service and armed forces on the list.

He added: "Only this year a London PCSO was arrested because he had dangerous weapons including hunting knives, knuckledusters, a taser and hateful literature stashed away with a BNP membership card. If this is what their members are getting up to then the police were right to ban these people."

kte.mead@archant.co.uk

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