Have you ever wondered who’s behind the #Opdeatheaters hashtag, group, and page that’s strewn about Facebook and Twitter? It’s not difficult to work out: the culprit is Wesley P.P. Hall, a fixture and self-proclaimed activist in Manchester (much to the chagrin of real activists, who’ve banned him from most of their organisations).
Mr Hall, an enthusiastic long-time promoter of the Hampstead hoax, has an extensive criminal record: at last count, according to the Lancashire Telegraph, he was closing in on 50 charges. In 2010 he was sentenced to two years and thirteen weeks for a vicious assault:
A VIOLENT yob who threatened a man with a knife on a garage forecourt and attacked his then partner has been jailed for two years and 13 weeks.
Burnley Crown Court heard Wesley Hall, 27, who was in breach of a suspended jail term for assaulting a man, also racially abused a taxi driver.
Hall, who has almost 50 previous convictions, admitted racially aggravated criminal damage, possessing cannabis, battery, threatening or abusive words or behaviour, possessing a bladed article and had been committed for sentence by magistrates after being convicted of common assault.
Judge Heather Lloyd told the defendant, of Buccleuch Road, Nelson, knives could cause devastation and vulnerable victims needed protection.
The judge also imposed a restraining order, banning Hall from having contact with Denise Heath or entering Philips Lane, Colne.
Alex Simmonds, prosecuting, said last July a man and his fiancee were at a petrol station when the man approached the defendant to talk to him.
Hall was abusive and got out of the vehicle, brandishing a knife.
He was jabbing the blade at the victim and told him: “I will cut you and I will smash your face with a hammer.”
Last April Miss Heath, who was Hall’s partner at the time and would say he was possessive and jealous, was in bed when he turned up at her home.
Hall asked which men had been there and threatened to smash her nose.
He then dragged her off the bed to the floor by her hair as she screamed.
As she put on her dressing gown, the defendant grabbed the victim’s jaw, twisted her head back and spat in her face.
Martin Hackett, for Hall, said he accepted the court had no alternative but to send him to custody.
Just the sort the Hoaxtead mob would welcome into their midst.
More recently, Mr Hall was evicted from the homeless shelter set up in Gary Neville’s Stock Exchange building, as fellow campaigners complained that he was attempting to run the collective as his own personal fiefdom, and said he was “holding them back”.
In October 2015, the Manchester Evening News reported:
Those living at the site complained that other homeless people were refused entry to the site – set to be transformed into a plush hotel – while Wesley was in charge.
And others accused Wesley of refusing to re-admit people back into property after being asked to leave temporarily during repair work.
Hall’s criminal record – including convictions for assault – had also been scrutinised in the media which fellow activists said caused ‘problems’ for others based in the building.
The [Manchester Evening News] was unable to contact Wesley Hall for comment.
However, Adam Whelan, an activist who is helping to run the so-called Sock Exchange, said: “Wes was asked to leave yesterday in the early hours of the morning.
“He had left for a little while and when he came back to the building he was told we wanted him to leave permanently. He was given some time to get his stuff together and then went.
“He was always holding us back as our intention was always to get the homeless off the streets yet he set himself up as a leader.
“He was running it like a dictatorship, that’s not how it should be – it should be an autonomous space in which everyone has an equal say.
“This building is here to help the homeless and yet we have people camped out on Market Street just a few dozen metres away.
“His past had also been reported in various media outlets and that caused some problems.
“Unfortunately he was saying people were kicked out for violence but a number of people were also asked to leave while we secured other parts of the building and made them safe.
“Then when the people that were in here came back Wes refused to let them in.
“We now have a meeting set up with the council and police at 7pm this evening where we are going to discuss the next steps and talk about the work we want to do here.”
According to the blog ManchesterAngelsExposed, Mr Hall did not react well to this eviction:
After Hall was kicked out of the Stock Exchange, he issued a bizarre statement written in the third person describing a conspiracy against him involving journalists, activists and homeless people, “Some people are making up lies, fuelling the right wing media and trying to turn people against our project leader Wesley Hall”. A Manchester Mule article from the time described Wesley as “paranoid”.
Mr Hall runs several Facebook pages, and shares his #Opdeatheaters posts (many of which promote Hoaxtead) amongst them, including this gem:
Quite aside from the lies and inaccuracies here, police might wish to take note of the threat against RD; coming from a person with Mr Hall’s record, this is definitely worth investigating.
According to a variety of sources who’ve contacted us, Mr Hall has been looking exceptionally thin these days; while he attributes this to being an activist and staying in camps, some believe that his health has been affected by his drug use.
He claims to be assaulted on a semi-regular basis by person or persons unknown, who have a nasty habit of stealing his possessions—which generally consist of high-end electronic equipment. Of course these items must be replaced, so Mr Hall spends a good deal of time asking for donations in kind…a bit like Angela Fag-Ash Disney, now that we think of it.
A divisive figure (another characteristic he shares with Angie), Mr Hall has inspired at least one Facebook page for those ejected from his various online groups and pages; and the aforementioned blog, ManchesterAngelsExposed, was set up by disgruntled former associates, who accuse him of hypocrisy, dishonesty, and charity scamming:
Having raised over £2000 under his ‘Manchester Angels’ brand, promising to use the money to assist with feeding and clothing the homeless, Wesley then took a peculiar turn. He revealed the project was actually set up to tackle his pet conspiracy theory, that the ‘Manchester canal pusher’ myth is somehow related to “satanic and occult groups” and underground tunnels built to house telephone cables.
It would appear that the money raised to “transport donations of clothing etc” was raised under false pretences, as Wesley now admits that he had all along intended to somehow use his project to deal with an evil conspiracy that exists in his imagination.
Despite—or perhaps because of—Mr Hall’s behaviour, the Hoaxtead mob happily share his paranoid, harassing, threatening #Opdeatheaters posts amongst themselves.
Given what we already know about them, this really should not come as a surprise.