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John Tyndall, BNP founder, has died

(Filed: 19/07/2005)

John Tyndall, the founder of the British National Party (BNP) has been found dead at his home, police have said.

Tyndall was due to appear in court this week

Mr Tyndall, 71, was due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday facing two counts of using words or behaviour intended or likely to stir up racial hatred.

He was found dead by his wife this morning at their flat in Hove, East Sussex.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Tyndall's death.

Mr Tyndall was charged with BNP leader Nick Griffin, following a long-running investigation into the BBC documentary A Secret Agent, which secretly filmed BNP activists.

He was expelled from the party twice - in 2003, and again earlier this year.

Mr Tyndall, a former chairman of the National Front, founded the BNP in 1982. He was replaced by Griffin in 1999 after a leadership election.

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