Children as young as 13 are joining Nazi groups which are increasingly turning towards Satanism, a new report warns.
Research has found a “disturbing” trend among the far right which is “getting more extreme and younger”, with those with dangerous ideologies finding each other online.
Matthew Collins, a researcher at counter extremism group Hope Not Hate, which produced the report, said that the emerging groups are made up of “clever, mostly perverse young men” who are meeting in hidden areas of the internet and encouraging each other to become more extreme.
He said: “As a result we are seeing more and more about Satanism and white jihad. It is almost like Hitler isn’t extreme enough for them anymore.
“They are not like the traditional far right groups – they are more articulate, they are certainly more sophisticated and they are finding each other on gaming websites and things like that.”
The numbers joining these groups are in the hundreds, but it is feared that those who are radicalised online will go on to commit offences offline.
The Security Services warned of a growing threat from the far-right in the wake of the Finsbury Park mosque attack and the murder of MP Jo Cox.
The State of Hate 2019 report found that some of the most extreme groups in Britain today are influenced by the “Order of Nine Angles (O9A), unquestionably the world’s most extreme Nazi Satanist group”.
It says that the “philosophy is shaping the recently formed Sonnenkrieg Division, possibly the most extreme nazi group we have seen in decades”.
The O9A group, which has been running since the 1960s and holds occult rituals led by a Priest and Priestess, advocates destroying society from within and “culling” people.
Nick Lowles, founder of Hope Not Hate, writes in the report: “In the internet age, as extremists from around the world congregate together online, seeking out the “edgiest” positions and ideas, and younger people are drawn in, the O9A is arguably becoming more visible and influential than ever.”
The Sonnenkrieg Division hit the headlines in December last year after members called online for Prince Harry to be shot as a “race traitor” for marrying Meghan Markle. Three alleged members have been arrested.
Many of the emerging groups have links to National Action, the banned extremist group which was disbanded last year when 13 members were convicted using anti-terror legislation, the report found.
It also warned that Britain is becoming an increasingly divided country, with growing anti-Muslim prejudice and anti-Semitism.