West wing, Wyre Hall. Dave Appleyards married home.
David Appleyard might like to pretend he comes from ordinary working class stock, but it isn't true. He enjoyed a very comfortable childhood in the family home - Wyre Hall in Drighlington.
The Appleyards of Drighlington were, until the mid sixties, a mill owning family. Appleyard (Textiles) Ltd, woollen merchants, operated from Greystone Mill in Drighlington.
By the time David Appleyard was born in 1966, the family business was in terminal decline. His dad Gordon had by now left the trade and joined the West Yorkshire Police Force.
The second of 4 children, David Appleyard had a very middle class upbringing.
1982 brought the first major conviction for violence for 16 year old David Appleyard. More convictions followed in 1983 and 1985, the latter a firearms charge.
In 1987, 21 year old David Appleyard moved himself, his fiance - 18 year old Ann-Marie Lupton - and their new baby into the West wing of Wyre Hall (now numbered 133). They married the following year at Leeds Registry office. The marriage didn't last long.
By this time Appleyard was already making a name for himself in fascist circles. Former BNP activist turned informer Tim Hepple wrote:
Whilst staying in Dewsbury with veteran fascist Eddie Morrison, Hepple says:
By 1992 Appleyard had left Wyre Hall, Drighlington and moved to Leeds where he married 21 year old BNP activist Janet Ward. This proved even shorter than his first marriage, and ended when Appleyard smashed a glass into his young wifes face.
Later he was convicted for robbing a news photographer. He was sent to prison.
Meanwhile things were turning very ugly on the streets of Leeds and elsewhere. In December a glossy magazine announced the arrival of Combat 18 and the promise: "We will hit them when and where they least expect it! We will dictate the battles, not them! We will win this war, not them! Whatever it takes." It carried personal details of dozens of "targets", including the contents of a contact diary stolen from the offices of the Leeds radical magazine "the Northern Star".
By the following year Appleyard was out of prison and increasingly active. There was a heightened campaign of violence in Leeds. Appleyard was at work in the "BNP Security Unit", collecting "intelligence" on opponents. He was also beginning to demonstrate his new found fortune when it came to his dealings with the police. In April the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight noted:
The violence in Leeds escalated. There were attacks on 2 houses - one with crossbow - which were claimed by C18. A team of journalists from Channel 4's "Dispatches" made a film of the events. It was screened on October 26th, but once more police intervention saved Appleyard. Searchlight noted:
David Appleyard, 1994.
Above in Leeds.
Right in Huddersfield.
In March the next year, Appleyard helped produce a BNP pamphlet "White Lies", exposing his friend Tony White as an informer to local anti-fascists and police alike. But by now he too was becoming deeply distrusted by his own comrades.
He moved to Batley and continued to operate in the Batley/Dewsbury area. In December he attacked Militant organiser Howard Oakes in Batley. Initially both were charged, but then the charges were dropped, although Oakes was able to successfully claim criminal injuries compensation .
The following year Appleyard moved to Bradford.
A psycho nazi in Bradford
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