On 1st June 2023, following a trial lasting six weeks at Leeds Crown Court, Christine Grayson was convicted of conspiracy to cause criminal damage to 5G phone masts. Darren Reynolds was convicted of the offences of encouraging terrorism, dissemination of terrorist information and possessing information likely to be of use to a terrorist.
They had both used the Telegram platform to discuss the destruction of 5G phone masts, which Ms Grayson believed were responsible for damaging the health of both people and animals. She repeatedly discussed ways of “killing” the masts in order to remove them from the area of York where she lived.
Mr Reynolds had used Telegram to make repeated calls for Members of Parliament to be hanged, and asserted that a race war between the “indigenous white race” and Jews and non-whites was imminent. His views were underpinned by an extreme right-wing ideology. Reynolds disseminated a link to a Telegram channel called the White Alexandria’s Library, described by an academic experienced in the study of the far right as comprising a “fascist canon”, and containing terrorist materials such as the manifestos of high-profile right-wing terrorists like Anders Breivik and Brenton Tarrant. He also possessed a number of digital documents which, amongst other things, contained instructions for making viable explosive materials and devices.
On 5th June 2023, the Defendants were sentenced. Christine Grayson was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for her involvement in the conspiracy to cause criminal damage. Darren Reynolds was sentenced to a total of 12 years’ imprisonment with an additional 1 year on licence as an offender of particular concern.