More than 1,000 BNP members in region

THERE are more than 1,000 British National Party (BNP) members in the region, it has emerged.

THERE are more than 1,000 British National Party (BNP) members in the region, it has emerged.

A leaked internet document has revealed the identities of the far right group's signed up membership, including those living in Suffolk and Essex.

The BNP said in a statement posted on its website that the list with the names, addresses and contact details of more than 12,000 individuals was “essentially genuine”.

The list, which includes details of the jobs and in some cases the hobbies and qualifications of the members, claims to include former police officers as well as members of the armed forces.

BNP leader Nick Griffin, a former pupil at Woodbridge School, said: “We'll be asking the police to investigate. It's a list which is now just over a year old.

“Having spent a lot of money to secure our members' privacy we are disappointed that it's been breached.”

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In his statement on the BNP website, Mr Griffin described the publication as “a disgraceful act of treachery” by former BNP staff members who had subsequently been sacked.

He said that he had lodged a complaint with Dyfed-Powys police on the grounds that the publication breached human rights and data protection laws.