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The Steadfast Trust: Caught On Camera

posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 16:03

Steve Sargent

Steve Sargent

A charity set up to specifically promote white Anglo Saxon culture has once again made the headlines for the wrong reasons after secret video footage captured members of the charity making nazi salutes whilst making racist comments.

The Steadfast trust was set up 10 years ago with the aim of promoting white only culture via educational material it distributed to children and visits to historical sites in the UK.

However, the far right charity has never been far from controversy during its short lifespan.

It has regularly been linked to the far right, in fact the founder of the charity, Jane Phillips went on to assist Nick Griffin and the BNP draft the party's constitution.

Tim Hawke, a former trustee of the charity (more on that later) was involved in running the fake BNP led trade union Solidarity and a well known Steadfast Trust activist Julia Howman stood as a BNP candidate and was a regular at EDL demonstrations, often being invited to speak at various EDL events.

Now, The Steadfast Trust finds itself in a whole heap of trouble after one of its directors Tim Hawke was suspended and the charity has become the subject of a Metropolitan Police fraud investigation for promoting a far right political agenda.

The Trust has also been de-registered by the Charity Commission after it decided it should have never had charitable status in the first place.

This far right agenda has become clear for all to see after footage was captured by the ITV "Exposure" programme clearly shows a number of very well known far right activists, taking part in Steadfast Trust activities.

Video evidence shows supporters bragging about once being members or candidates of such organisations such as the BNP,NF and the KKK. Another man racially abuses a mixed race family at a Steadfast event.

Caught on camera was a few familiar faces including Steve Sargent, brother of convicted murderer and former leader of Combat 18 Charlie Sargent.

Steve Sargent formed The National Socialist Movement in 1997, the same NSM that Soho nail bomber David Copeland was a member of. Copeland received six life sentences for his 1999 bombing campaign which killed three people, including a pregnant woman, and injured 129.

Sargent is caught on camera launching a racist tirade against the mixed race family.

Also attending The Steadfast Trust event was former C18 activist Rob Gray who was sent to prison in 1997 for producing the highly racist C18 magazine "The Stormer".

Another Nazi spotted at the event was the very violent Chelsea hooligan Andy Frain aka The Nightmare. Among his many prison sentences was one conviction for slashing the throat of an off duty police officer. His other convictions include blackmail along with a number of violent offences. It was Frain's associates who organised the riot at an England football match in Dublin in 1995


Piers Mellor

Piers Mellor

Also spotted on the video was Eddie Stampton's lapdog, the Australian wannabe Piers Mellor. Mellor was heard telling tall stories to the undercover reporter about his long history in the far right, which is rather strange as we only became aware of him about 4-5 years ago.

What is clear is that a pattern is fast emerging, wherever Piers Mellor is seen, the police are soon seen shortly after. Stampton is many things, including a police informer, so it would be of no surprise if his Nazi protégé, Piers Mellor hadn't followed the direction of his best friend Eddie...

The Steadfast Trust appears to be on its knees and about to wither and die. We won't be shedding any tears.

 Posted: 18 Feb 2015 | There are 7 comments


Comment 1 | From: Ben | Date: 18 February 2015, 21:36

Why was the Charity Commission so slow in busting this obviously Nazi front group? Much lauded by the BNP, etc in recent years. The Commission is a joke these days...

Comment 2 | From: Ross | Date: 18 February 2015, 22:14

The rightwing has some absoloute sad cases but these really are the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel.Look at the state of them.

Comment 3 | From: Jane | Date: 18 February 2015, 22:27

Is that the same Chelsea bloke who was on the Mc Intrye doc? just need to show him a Merc and some free Charlie, he'll go all gooey eyed and tell you all you need to know,You dont need any informers just a bottle of vodka and a few lines.

Comment 4 | From: Ben | Date: 18 February 2015, 22:35

You wouldnt let your children anywhere near these wierdos.

Comment 5 | From: Mr Mensa | Date: 18 February 2015, 23:43

What sort of moron is "The Nightmare", this is the second undercover journalist he's been fooled by.Do Nazis have a three strikes and youre out policy regarding idiots and journalists?

Comment 6 | From: B31 Antifascist | Date: 19 February 2015, 11:41

I agree with Ben. Zero regulation of everything and governments that are negligent to 'lead' their people - that's called neoliberalism. Unfortunately UKIP's neoconservatism is no alternative to it #turnleft

Comment 7 | From: B31 Antifascist (again) | Date: 19 February 2015, 18:22

Last night (18.02.15) there was an exposure of this charity (along with one with jihadist links) on ITV1, which featured Steadfast holding a stall at the St.Georges day Parade at Stone Cross in West Bromwich. The local authority, Sandwell Council are involved in an ongoing battle to keep the far right away from this annual event and we should, I believe, call upon the Authority, armed with this evidence and the ITV1 exposure, to take steps to ensure that Steadfast are kept away from this event that is SUPPOSED to celebrate England positively and is open to all faiths races and communities - as the St.Patricks event in Birmingham truly is. So, will HnH be writing to Councillor Darren Cooper???

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