Essex family accused of spreading race hate through ‘Neo-Nazi music network’

The Talland family appeared at the Old Bailey in London (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Wire)
The Talland family appeared at the Old Bailey in London (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Wire)

An alleged Neo-Nazi music producer and his two children have appeared at the Old Bailey over allegations of stirring up racial hatred through songs.

Robert Talland, 56, his daughter, Rosie Talland, 30, and son, Stephen Talland, 33, are all accused of conspiring to inspire hate with the distribution of sound recordings.

The charges, brought following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, centre on the Tallands’ alleged activities in the neo-Nazi music scene in the UK and with the record label Rampage Productions.

Stephen and Rosie Talland allegedly performed in a band called Embers Of An Empire associated with the music network.

All three defendants are charged with conspiracy to incite racial hatred between January 1 2019 and October 10 2020.

The charge alleges they conspired to distribute a recording of a track by Embers Of An Empire.

The second charge alleges that Stephen Talland, from Harlow in Essex, and Rosie Talland, with others unknown, incited racial hatred on October 21 2021 by performing songs at a club in Leeds.

Robert Talland is also accused of possessing the songs “Flame of the gods” by Mistreat and “Decase of defiance” by Squadron which were allegedly threatening, abusive or insulting and intended to stir up racial hatred.

Robert Talland, from Waltham Abbey in Essex, faces two further charges of disseminating a terrorist publication.

All three defendants appeared before Mr Justice Sweeney for a preliminary hearing on Friday, but did not enter any pleas.

A provisional trial date was set for October 23 at Woolwich crown court.

Under the conditions of their bail, all three defendants are banned from being involved in music events to commemorate the death in a 1993 car crash of Ian Stuart Donaldson.

He was the front man of punk rock band Skrewdriver and a leader of the nationalist Blood and Honour network.

The Tallands are also banned from organising Blood and Honour and Rampage Productions music events, and from making and distributing music in their network.