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Extremist who threatened Muslims with home-made stun gun jailed

Darren Dale was arrested after telling police about his campaign to maim and murder Muslims

Far-right extremist Darren Dale was jailed after making his own stun gun to harm Muslims. Courtesy Greater Manchester Police
Far-right extremist Darren Dale was jailed after making his own stun gun to harm Muslims. Courtesy Greater Manchester Police

A right-wing extremist who built a home-made stun gun to attack British Muslims has been jailed after he confessed his murderous plans to police.

Darren Dale, 41, had been flagged as a threat because of his extremist views and made racist threats when officers came to check up on him.

Dale, from Blackpool in northwest England, also told officers about his violent plans to attack and kill Muslims. He said that he had watched YouTube videos to learn how to make home-made bombs and had built an arsenal of weapons.

Dale showed them the weapons, which included a metal bar cut from a dumbbell and two stun guns, including one that he said he made himself.

He boasted that the stun gun was as powerful as a police-issue device, which delivers a powerful electric shock, and just needed a battery for it to work.

The devices are used by Britain’s largely unarmed police service to incapacitate violent or armed criminals.

Police returned to Dale’s home with a search warrant the same day and discovered a black plastic block with wires sticking out.

Dale was jailed for three years and four months on Friday after admitting to charges of attempted possession of a prohibited weapon and making threats to kill.

Senior counter-terrorism officer Detective Supt Will Chatterton said: “It’s horrifying that an individual planned to carry out a pre-empted venomous attack intending to harm people because of their religion.”

The jailing of Dale came after another extremist, who called himself the ‘Muslim Slayer’, was jailed on Tuesday for 12 and a half years for a letter campaign that included calls for a “Punish a Muslim”.

David Parnham, 36, sent letters – some containing white powder to raise fears of an anthrax attack – to prime ministers and Queen Elizabeth as part of a two-year hate campaign targeting Muslims.

He admitted 15 offences relating to hundreds of letters sent to prominent UK citizens and mosques.

Updated: September 8, 2019 04:25 PM

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