A MAN and woman from Banbury are among a group of six people who have appeared in court today charged with terrorism offences.

Adam Thomas, 21, and Claudia Patatas, 38, have been charged with being members of the banned far right group National Action between December 17 2016 and September 5 last year.

The pair, both of Waltham Gardens in Banbury, pleaded not guilty when they appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier today.

They appeared alongside;

- Nathan Pryke, aged 26 of Dartford Road, March, Cambridge

- Darren Fletcher, aged 28 of Kitchen Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton

- Daniel Bogunovic, aged 26 of Crown Hills Rise, Leicester

- Joel Wilmore, aged 24 of Bramhall Moor Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport

All four also pleaded not guility to the charges which were brought following an inquiry involving the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, supported by colleagues in four other regions.

Police suspect the six are members of the prohibited organisation National Action, contrary to the Terrorism Act.

The decision by the Government to ban National Action came into force in December 2016, making membership of the group a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to 10 years' imprisonment.

At the time the ban was brought in, the Home Office said the neo-Nazi group was the first far-right organisation to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation.

Bogunovic is also charged with intending to stir up racial hatred by posting National Action-branded stickers at the Aston University campus in Birmingham.

Thomas is also charged with possessing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, namely the Anarchist Cookbook.

Both pleaded not guilty to these additional offences.

Fletcher also faces five counts of breaching an anti-social behaviour order.

All six are due to appear next at the Old Bailey on January 19.