This article appeared in the (UK) Sunday People (front page and center spread) on February 17th, 1980.
WE EXPOSE THE FIERY CROSS FANATICS
The would-be Klan leader in the west of England was former hospital worker David Austen, who until recently lived in a council house at Hamlin Gardens, Exeter.
Austen was Devon leader of the Nazi-style British Movement in his area and has been in touch with Klan bosses in America.
A letter from Austen to a supposed Klan sympathiser (we have it in our possession) says that he firmly believes the Klan has a great role to play in the U.K.
Austen is particularly experienced in racialism . At one time his British Movement put up wall posters in and around Exeter. They depicted a black man astride a white baby's corpse--with a machete dripping blood on the little body.
Two more of John Fisher's recruits to the Klan were John Smith, who runs Skelton's Pet Supplies at Fratton Road, Portsmouth, and William Kingsford, of Locksway Road, Milton, Portsmouth. Both were British Movement members and ex-members of the National Front.
Kingsford, a heavily-built man in his 50s wrote to Fisher expressing their interest in joining the Klan, he told investigators.
Both Smith and Kingsford said they had lost interest in the National Front because it was not sufficiently militant.
John Smith spoke about the problem of black people "polluting the South Coast." He said, "Busloads of spades come down in the summer from Brixton and Hounslow. The problem's ghoing to get worse."
But Smith was most concerned with getting rid of the Jews.
Smith, who said he was ex-chairman of the National Front in Portsmouth, claimed:
"I'm a weapons expert and I know how to go about fire raising. But it's something you do on your own. If I am going to do a synagogue, I am not going to have anyone else with me. I am 53 now and I'm not going to get put inside through anyone else."
At a later meeting with Smith at a hotel near his shop, he again said that he was anxious to get involved and "see some action" with the Klan.
Smith said at this meeting that William Kingsford, who we had met with him earlier, had been very concerned when he had discussed with him plans for setting fire to a synagogue.
Kingsaford, he said, now "didn't want to know. All he wants to do is talk--he's not interested in doing anything," Smith said.
At another meeting with John Fisher, who is married with a young child at his two-storey terraced home in Cheadle Heath, he said: "I have been selected as Klan leader for Britain. I have sent the organisation in America my views on racial matters here."
We again confronted Fisher last week--and revealed our identities.
He said he had now joined the R.A.F. on a nine-year engagement and was learning electrical and mechanical engineering at a training base at Swinderby, Lincs.
He told us: I am still the British representative for the Klan, but I don't want trouble-makers, people who want to direct physical action."
The main object of the Klan in Britain, he claimed, would be to urge the Government to curb immigration drastically.
He said he still held racist views--"quite definitely"--but they had "moderated a little."
We discovered during our investigations that some racial regalia is sold by a North London firm--Deane and Adams, of Summers Row, Finchley.
An investigator who called at the firm, posing as a Klan supporter, was met by Mr. John Haynes, who said he was running the business.
The investigator reports:
"His wife, Pay Haynes, was behind the counter when I entered, and they showed me the various Klan brass belt buckles on offer by the company.
"Mr. Haynes gave me illustrated brochures and price lists, and I bought some samples."
He said most of the Klan buckles and money clips go to America, but they were now pushing sales in Europe.
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