Four British soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of being members of a neo-Nazi terror cell.

Police announced that they took four men into custody — three in their twenties and one aged 32 — on suspicion of being part of the far-right National Action group.

National Action recently became the first right-wing organisation to be officially banned by the government, which means that being a member of the group is itself a terror offence.

It was outlawed in December 2016 by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who has the power to ban groups under UK terror laws. At the time she said: “National Action is a racist, antisemitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology.

“It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone.”

The group has previously applauded the murder of the MP Jo Cox, and organised marches in 2015 and 2016 in the cities of LiverpoolDarlingtonand York.

West Midlands Police announced the arrests on Tuesday morning. Shortly afterwards the Army confirmed to Business Insider that all four men are serving soldiers, but declined to provide any information on their units or ranks.

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