Tattooed Adolf Hitler fanatic jailed after racist sticker campaign

A Nazi-obsessed weirdo with a face covered in bizarre tattoos has been jailed for plastering towns with racist stickers.

David Holmes, 63, was nailed when police discovered his fingerprint on one of the racist flyers he had put up across Derbyshire.

The stickers bore slogans such as "Muslim scum out" and "Hitler was right" which he stuck up on lampposts and around local parks and beauty spots.

Other stickers which he had left outside a primary school featured images of Hitler.

Holmes claimed his views were the "normal views of people living in the area and were not offensive".

He was arrested after his fingerprint produced a match on the police computer, and then subsequently bailed.

While on bail he decorated the front window home of his home in Heanor, Derbys., with a Ku Klux Klan figurine and Confederate flag.

He also placed homemade bottles of "very potent" wine on neighbours' doorsteps with racist messages like "black lives don’t matter" and "save my race" on them.

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He also threatened a neighbour, and told them he would send 200 skinheads to their door because they were "a grass".

On Monday he was jailed for 12 months at Derby Crown Court after he admitted racially aggravated harassment, racially aggravated criminal damage and witness intimidation.

He was also handed a two-year restraining order banning him from contacting his neighbour and putting up stickers.

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Joe Harvey, mitigating, said: "I had a brief conference with Mr Holmes this morning during which he told me he knows what he did was hurtful and apologises for the appalling offences.

"He describes his behaviour as ‘evil’ and that’s not far off the mark."

The court heard Holmes ran his racist sticker campaign across Derbyshire last year.

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When police searched his home they found Neo-Nazi paraphernalia including letters from a far-right group that praised him for his sticker campaign.

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said Holmes was arrested at his home police found more stickers and Neo-Nazi paraphernalia, as well as letters from a far-right group congratulating him for "a nice job in Heanor" and encouraging him to "keep up the good work".

Graham Prince, head of Derbyshire Special Branch, said: "The actions of David Holmes last year have absolutely no place in Derbyshire and we welcome the sentence that the court has handed down.

"Our county is a diverse one that is strengthened by people of all nationalities, genders, religions and beliefs. His actions were designed to try and sow division but it is clear his views are not held by our communities."

He continued: "Holmes's offending was investigated by both Special Branch and the local Safer Neighbourhood Team – who together were able to identify Holmes and bring him to justice.

"I hope that his sentence sends a dual message – Firstly, that this type of incident will be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly and those responsible brought to justice by the force.

"And secondly, that anyone undertaking this type of behaviour will be found and when they are brought before the court, will be handed a serious term of imprisonment."

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