How British neo-Nazi who inspired mass shooting from his grandfather’s bedroom was pulled out of school at age seven and produced a ‘stream of terrorist bile’ while ‘left to his own devices’ spending 14 hours a day online – before being jailed for 11 years

  • Teenager Harris posted a series of videos online which promoted racist violence
  • Among those said to have watched them was mass murderer Payton Gendron 
  • The shocking extent of Harris’ fall into radicalisation was laid bare in court today 

A British neo-Nazi who inspired a mass shooting from his grandfather’s bedroom was expelled from school at age seven and produced a ‘stream of terrorist bile’ while ‘left to his own devices’, a court heard.

Daniel Harris, 19, from Derbyshire was today jailed for 11 years for posting videos promoting racist violence, which were shared by self-declared white supremacist Payton Gendron, who murdered 10 black people in Buffalo, New York in May 2022.

At Manchester Crown Court today, the shocking extent of his fall into radicalisation and his desperation to spread hate rhetoric online – having declared that his ‘whole life has been a disaster’ – was laid bare.

Harris was born in London, but had barely any formal education after he was taken withdrawn from school at the age of seven by his mother and sent to live with his grandfather in Glossop.

Daniel Harris, 19, from Derbyshire was today jailed for 11 years for posting videos promoting racist violence 

The house in Glossop from where Harris would share videos and spread hate rhetoric online

Teenage extremist Daniel Harris has been sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in jail, and a further 3 years on licence, for five counts of encouraging terrorism and possessing a 3D printer for purposes of terrorism

June 2019: Harris is arrested and accused of attacking four people during the attempted robbery of a mobile phone and later convicted of common assault. 

July 2020: Harris spray painted racial insults on a mural in Manchester commemorating George Floyd.

January 2021: The teenager is given a youth supervision order after he was found guilty of possessing prohibited images of children.

February 2021: Harris returns to the Floyd memorial, dressed all in black, and spray painted the words ‘kill’ and a racial epithet.

May 2022: He is arrested at his grandfather’s home following a police sting operation.

December 2022: Harris is found guilty of five counts of encouraging terrorism and one count of possession of material for terrorist purposes.

He spent much of his time on the computer and was looking at extremist internet sites by the age of 11, including material about a ‘white genocide’.

The court was told he was ‘left to his own devices’ by being home-schooled and would spend up to 14 hours a day on the internet on a home PC in the spare bedroom.

In mitigation for Harris, James Walker spoke of ‘some malevolent forces’ in the teenager’s life and described ‘quite disgraceful failings’ by his family and the local authority.

He never had a job and had ‘deficits in social communication skills,’ according to a psychiatric report.

‘Not having the ability to mix with other children, he reported developing social anxiety. He reported a fear of strangers and he said he was afraid to leave the house,’ the report added.

‘He explained that he began to look at websites concerning self-harm and suicide and said he considered ending his life, but was unable to.’

Harris told the psychiatrist: ‘My life was stuck when I stopped attending school, I felt I hadn’t changed or progressed.’

He was arrested for approaching unknown women and touching their hair and was reported to be unable to understand the distress it might have caused to his victims.

When he was working with a probation officer from the Youth Offending Team he was asked why he had done what he did and told them: ‘My whole life had been a disaster.’

Daniel John Harris also tried to make a gun with a 3D printer. The 19-year-old made and uploaded five videos to an online channel, between February 2021 and March 2022

Daniel Harris a teenage Neo-Nazi who was able to inspire gun massacres by white supremacists in the US despite being under ‘supervision’ by probation officers in the UK for racism offences

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The court also heard how Harris has ‘no concept of what is appropriate’ and ‘admits he has a mental disorder but has repeatedly refused to be assessed for autism.’

In June 2019, aged 15 Harris was arrested and accused of attacking four people during the attempted robbery of a mobile phone. 

He was convicted of common assault in 2020 but the following January, he was back in court and given a youth supervision order after he was found guilty of possessing prohibited images of children.

Then in June 2021, when he was 17, he was referred to the government’s Prevent de-radicalisation programme after receiving convictions for attempted criminal damage and two charges of racially aggravated criminal damage.

He had been caught by police as he spray painted racial insults on a mural in Manchester commemorating George Floyd, whose death at the hands of an arresting police officer in Minneapolis, in May 2020, sparked protests by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Harris, described as a ‘gifted artist and photographer with an above average IQ – was ordered by a judge to wear an electronic tag, with a 7pm-to-7am curfew and was places under the supervision of the Youth Offending Service for 18 months.

Pictured is the George Floyd Mural which Daniel Harris vandalised in his vile racist attack 

How police snared him 

Police uncovered Harris’ activities following a ‘sting operation’ at a motorway service station when officers spotted messages the teenager had left celebrating the Buffalo attack.

An undercover officer called Tony, adopted aliases to engage with Harris as someone interested in the far right and went on to communicate regularly via an encrypted email account.

After an attempt to ‘prise some information’ which might reveal Harris’s identity, Tony placed an order with Harris for a video celebrating Jo Cox’s killer, Mair.

They agreed that Tony would pay £60 in cash for his services and arranged an area for the money to be left for Harris to collect.

Six £10 notes were left in a red plastic bag underneath a bag of builders’ soil in a hedgerow at Woolley Services on the northbound M1 and precise instructions were sent to Harris about where to find it, including a What Three Words grid reference

Tony sent precise instructions about the service station to Bookanon via Protonmail, about where to find the cash, including images of the route from the service station to the gap in the hedge where the cash had been deposited, and a What Three Word grid reference.

However, the police had also put in place a hidden camera and when Harris came to collect the cash, they were able to identify and, subsequently, arrest him. 

However, unbeknown to the authorities, he went on to produce videos glorifying white supremacist murderers – including Norwegian Anders Breivik and Brenton Tarrant who killed 51 people outside two mosques in New Zealand – and encouraging others to emulate them by carrying out similar attacks. 

Harris deceived the operative who worked with him on the deradicalisation programme by claiming his behaviour was a ‘blip’ and denying having any interest in politics.

At the time he made those claims, however, the court heard, he was creating a video homage to Thomas Mair, who murdered MP Jo Cox.

Another video, called How to Achieve Victory, said there was a need for ‘total extermination of sub-humans once and for all’, the court was told.

Judge Field said the teenager, who used the online alias BookAnon, had demonstrated ‘a level of deceit and cunning’.

He added: ‘You were, throughout that time, a propagandist for an extremist right-wing ideology. You were in close touch with other right-wing extremists online and there can be little doubt that you shared ideas between you.’

Police uncovered Harris’ activities following a ‘sting operation’ at a motorway service station when officers spotted messages the teenager had left celebrating the Buffalo attack.

An undercover officer called Tony, adopted the aliases ‘Heimdall’ and ‘SupremeBeing’ to engage with Harris online as someone interested in the far right in November 2021, six months before the Buffalo killings.

He went on to communicate with Harris regularly via an encrypted email account called Protonmail and on the World Truth Videos platform.

After an attempt to ‘prise some information’ which might reveal Harris’s identity, Tony placed an order with Harris for a video celebrating Jo Cox’s killer, Mair.

They agreed that Tony would pay £60 in cash for BookAnon’s services and arranged an area for the cash to be left for Harris to collect.

On March 22 last year, Tony left six £10 notes in a red plastic bag underneath a bag of builders’ soil in a hedgerow at Woolley Services on the northbound M1.

Payton Gendron killed 10 black people in a racially-motivated mass shooting in May last year

Tony sent precise instructions about the service station to Bookanon via Protonmail, about where to find the cash, including images of the route from the service station to the gap in the hedge where the cash had been deposited, and a What Three Words grid reference.

‘Unfortunately for Mr Harris, the police had also put in place a hidden camera and it was clear that he did not come across it by accident, he pulled his hood down and collected the money.’

When police raided his grandfather’s house, where he was living, in May they made a ‘rather chilling discovery’ of attempts to make component parts of a firearm on his 3D printer, which ‘showed a clear intent to create a deadly weapon,’ they said.

Harris was found guilty in December of five counts of encouraging terrorism and one count of possession of material for terrorist purposes.

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