BNP bosses were left reeling today after West Yorkshire Police confirmed an officer had been arrested for allegedly passing on information to the party.
BNP member Andrew Matthews, who works as a Police Community Support Officer at Morley police station and is believed to attend Party meetings in Kirklees, was detained yesterday.
Mr Matthews, 29, had allegedly been asked to obtain police information. It is believed one of the requests involved Huddersfield BNP general election candidate Karl Hanson.
Hanson, 34, from Heckmondwike, last week pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates' Court to a charge of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.
The Examiner understands that Mr Matthews has been a member of the BNP for at least two years and has attended a number of meetings in Kirklees.
Membership of the far-right party by police was banned in January after a directive from the Association of Chief Police Officers last year.