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Councillors urged to act over Bury Nazis

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2010

Jewish leaders have called on Bury councillors to "stop sitting on the fence" after a muted response to communal outrage over men dressed in Nazi regalia at a public event three weeks ago.

Since the event, it has emerged that 20 men wore swastikas and SS insignia at the East Lancashire Railway wartime re-enactment. One man posed as Nazi war-criminal Hermann Goering, while photographs have confirmed some men wearing up to five pieces of Nazi insignia and a jeep draped in a large Nazi flag, which flout rules set by the organisers banning such displays.

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Newcastle Brown Ale imported to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2010

It is an acquired taste even in its native Tyneside, but cult classic drink Newcastle Brown Ale is being introduced to a new market of potential fans - Israelis.

Its delicate, fruity aroma and nutty caramel malt taste can now be enjoyed by regulars at bars across the Jewish state, thanks partly to the increasing popularity of British-style pubs and ales.

Oren Abrashi of Tempo, one of Israel's largest brewers, which will distribute Newcastle Brown Ale in Israel, said the drink is already well-loved.

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Peerage for New Israel Fund board member

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2010

A board member of the New Israel Fund has been appointed to the House of Lords in the Dissolution Honours list.

Sir Jeremy Beecham, the former chairman of the Local Government Association, will be joined on the red benches by another new Jewish peer, Conservative donor Simon Wolfson.

A prominent figure in both the national and local Labour Party, Sir Jeremy will join as a Labour peer. Once the chairman of the Labour Party National Executive Committee, he also serves as a councillor and spent 17 years as the leader of Newcastle City Council.

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Newcastle synagogue numbers drop

By Robyn Rosen, May 27, 2010

Synagogue membership in Newcastle has almost halved in the last 10 years. And the forecast is that the downward trend will continue.

The sixth census of Newcastle Jewry, compiled by the Representative Council of North East Jewry, shows membership of the United Hebrew Congregation (UHC) and Newcastle Reform Synagogue (NRS), including children, has dropped from 956 in 1998 to 541 in 2009. UHC has 341, the Reform shul 200. The prediction is that by 2014, total membership will be down to 400.

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Jail for Nazi disc jockey

May 21, 2010

A father and son described as "Nazi zealots" have been jailed for a total of 12 years at Newcastle Crown Court.

Ian Davison, a 41-year-old disc jockey, became the first man in England and Wales to be convicted of a terrorism-related offence, involving the lethal poison, ricin. He was given 10 years in prison.

Davison, from County Durham, had already pleaded guilty to six offences including production of ricin.

His son Nicky Davison, a 19-year-old former milkman, was found guilty of possessing terror documents. He received a two-year jail sentence.

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Antisemitic milkman guilty

By Jessica Elgot, April 30, 2010

A milkman who wanted to overthrow the government because he believed it had been taken over by Jews, has been found guilty on three counts of possessing terror documents.

Nicky Davison, 19, of Annfield Plain, Co Durham, was the co-founder of Aryan Strike Force, an on-line extremist neo-Nazi group.

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court took 50 minutes to convict the teenager.

His father Ian Davison, 41, a disc jockey, earlier admitted six charges, including terrorism and producing a chemical weapon. He was discovered in possession of ricin, which can prove fatal.

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Milkman hatched plan to overthrow 'Jewish government'

By Leon Symons, April 22, 2010

A milkman who wanted to overthrow the government because he believed it had been taken over by Jews, pledged to "die fighting" for his cause, a court heard

Nicky Davison, 19, is accused at Newcastle Crown Court of being a co-founder of Aryan Strike Force, an on-line extremist neo-Nazi group.

His father Ian Davison, 41, a disc jockey, earlier admitted six charges, including terrorism and producing a chemical weapon. He was discovered in possession of ricin, which can prove fatal.

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Violent teen accuses Jews of controlling government

By Leon Symons, April 15, 2010

A teenager had been planning violent attacks on the government because he claimed it had been taken over by Jews, a court has heard.

Nicky Davison, a 19-year-old milkman, was accused at Newcastle Crown Court of being a co-founder, with his father Ian, of a group called Aryan Strike Force, an on-line far right extremist group which wanted to topple the government because they believed it was dominated by Zionists and Jews.

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Gateshead Jewish pupils injured in crash

By Robyn Rosen, April 15, 2010

Six Jewish school pupils were injured in a road accident in Hexham.

They were among 14 boys from Gateshead Jewish Boarding School whose minibus was involved in a crash with a lorry and a Renault Megane on the A69, near Haydon Bridge, last Friday.

The boys were taken to Newcastle General Hospital with minor injuries and were released later in the day.

The driver sustained leg injuries and his condition was reported as stable. The drivers of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries.

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