REDBRIDGE Police have launched an investigation after an apparently pro-British National Party (BNP) website published threats against a woman who was allegedly the victim of a racist attack.
The news comes after officers arrested a BNP by-election campaigner in Wanstead on Tuesday after she allegedly called the woman a "n****r." The police have not commented on whether the BNP canvasser has been charged.
The website, which claims to be written by an unnamed "proud BNP member", has published full details of the woman and photographs of her Wanstead home along with the threats.
The website has been taken down within the past hour.
It said: "I intend to publicise your details on as many web sites as possible.
"You will wish you had never lied about the BNP; and that's not a lie, that's a promise."
Despite the police action, Wanstead BNP candidate John Evans said he thought the website was a fake.
He said: "I think it's an absolute fake. I haven't heard of it.
"We don't need to resort to this rubbish. I hope they find who did it. If we can take legal action against the person that did this then we may well do so."
Epping Forest BNP Watch update:
The blog in question is Made in Yorkshire, run by a blogger who describes himself as "Middle-aged, white, Yorkshireman. Think Clarkson, but bald! Proud member of the British National Party." The blog had 123 pro-BNP posts (see Google's cache) before its attack on Shirleen Tobin. who had made a complaint against a BNP activist. The blog includes videos from the BNP TV site and a service to give online donations to the BN. While the party organisation may not be responsible for its content, it is certainly not a fake website, as BNP candidate John Evans claims, but is run by a committed party activist. The threats against Ms Tobin, who has said she fears leaving her house, are typical of the inherently violent nature of BNP activists.