Extremism Case Study


What happened?

Michael Piggin, a 16 year old supporter of the English Defence League was caught with an arsenal of weapons, including pipe bombs, ammunition, knives and a crossbow. He also had a notebook with a list of possible targets in Loughborough, including a school, mosque, cinema and council offices, calling it The New Columbine.

He also had a copy of the Mujahedeen Poisons handbook and a Dictaphone with discussions about the planned attack. He stated that he was inspired by the Oslo attacks carried out by Anders Breivik.

He planned to carry out a mass killing on 20th April which is Hitler’s birthday.

Michael has Asperger’s Syndrome and had made recordings about the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, he appeared to believe that the murders were the result of bullying.

Michael also believed that there was going to be an Islamic invasion of Europe.

He had stated in recordings that were found that he wanted to show that the smallest and least powerful people can hit back. "I would rather die than live a long and unhappy life"

He was arrested in 2012 after a small fight with a school friend led to the police searching his room, which was decorated in swastikas and they found an arsenal of weapons.

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