The suspect in the murder of MP Jo Cox was so abusive towards Asians working at a local taxi company that the drivers demanded he be blacklisted, it has been alleged. A man, believed to be Tommy Mair, was arrested by police on suspicion of shooting and stabbing the MP for Batley and Spen in a daylight attack on 16 June. Eyewitnesses described hearing the suspect shout “Britain first” or “put Britain first” during the attack. As David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and John Bercow made their way to Birstall to pay respect to the 41-year-old mother of two, a local taxi company claimed drivers were unwilling to pick Mair up in their vehicles because they were subjected to racial abuse. Zain Ali, 21, who works at the Oakwell & Rex taxi firm in Birstall, told IBTimes UK: “Drivers have said they picked him up and he would give them racist abuse. They asked us to blacklist him, said they would rather not bother with his fare.” A woman also told IBTimes UK that Mair was “acting erratically” and being violent towards Asian taxi drivers two weeks before Cox was killed. The woman, who did not wished to be named, said: “He was in the Post Office acting erratically, mumbling and jumbling. And walking down the street mumbling. He was actually talking to the Asian taxi drivers, and being aggressive.” Police have now found extremist materials; literature and items and samples of Nazi regalia in the house of the suspect, reported the Guardian. Following his arrest, there were reports Mair was a supporter of neo-Nazi organisation the National Alliance (NA), with the US-based Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) claiming he had paid $620 (£430) for a series of literature on how to make explosives and build a homemade pistol. These subscriptions for periodicals which included instruction to readers on the Chemistry of Powder & Explosives, Incendiaries, and Improvised Munitions Handbook. The SPLC also revealed receipts showing that Mair purchased a handbook entitled Ich Kämpfe, which was issued to members of the Nazi party in 1942. He was also linked to the pro-Apartheid group The Springbok Club and was believed to be a subscriber to the South African Patriot, a magazine founded in the 1980s which rejected communism, multi-culturalism, political correctness and expansionist Islam. By contrast, neighbours of Mair painted a picture of a quiet, considerate man. Diane Peters, 65, said she had lived next door to Mair for 44 years, and had known him since childhood. “He was very mild mannered and kept to himself,” she said.
Jo Cox murder suspect Tommy Mair repeatedly hurled racist abuse at Asian cab drivers
Bookmark the permalink.