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Racist Barrow Fan Sentenced

North West Evening Mail | Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A BARROW AFC fan found guilty of racially abusing a visiting player has avoided a football banning order. Andrew Butterfield, of Monk Street, Barrow, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court yesterday. He had denied shouting racial abuse, claiming he had been misidentified. But the 32-year-old was ordered to do 100 more...


EDL given go-ahead to march in Leicester on Saturday

Leicester Mercury | Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The English Defence League will be allowed to march through Leicester on Saturday – as long as it agrees to a route and conditions laid down by police. Senior police officers have advised the city council that a march would be easier to contain than a "static protest," which they more...


Wavertree Cricketers Club licence decision 'political'

BBC | Monday, 30 January 2012

Owners of a club in Liverpool have accused councillors of a "politically-motivated decision" after they imposed strict conditions on its licence. They claim The Cricketers Club in Wavertree was punished for hosting a British National Party (BNP) event. Allegations of under-age drinking and violence saw an earlier closing time and more...


Ex-BNP chiefs accused of £1m fraud on GLA and taxman

London Evening Standard by Tom Harper | Monday, 30 January 2012

Senior British National Party members took part in a "long-term criminal enterprise" to defraud the Greater London Authority and HM Revenue and Customs, according to court papers. Richard Barnbrook, the £53,000-a-year member of the London Assembly, was involved in a complex fraud where bankrupt firms were allowed to continue trading, more...


Jail for racist thug who shouted 'EDL' when he attacked a taxi driver

The Derby Telegraph | Monday, 30 January 2012

A RACIST thug who punched a taxi driver and dragged him along a street, has been jailed for 18 months. Lee Preston, 22, targeted cabbie Mohammed Rashid, leaving him with two black eyes, a bruised face and grazes to his shoulders caused when he was dragged to the ground. Mr more...


Father of murdered Harry Potter star angry at far right group over race murder leaflet

Kent News by Chris Murphy | Sunday, 29 January 2012

The parents of two young men struck down in brutal killings, including a star of the Harry Potter films, have lashed out at a far right political group for using the boys’ images and incorrectly claiming they were white victims of racial murders. Swanley-based Britain First was set up by more...


Former Wales striker Nathan Blake reveals racist death threat

Wales Online by Thomas Pascoe | Friday, 27 January 2012

Former Wales striker Nathan Blake has revealed he received death threats after speaking out about alleged racism in the national team. Speaking on BBC Wales’ Sports Wales programme, Blake said his life was threatened after he withdrew from the Wales squad citing racism. Blake received an anonymous package whilst playing more...


Family tells of ‘horrific’ attack in Thornhill Lees home

Dewsbury Reporter | Friday, 27 January 2012

A FAMILY barricaded themselves in their home as a neighbour armed with knives threatened to kill them, a court heard. Daniel Smith is said to have shouted racist abuse and English Defence League slogans as he smashed his way into the Thornhill Lees home. Yesterday, victim Waaqas Ahmed said: “He more...


EDL may face alcohol ban during planned march in Leicester

Leicester Mercury | Thursday, 26 January 2012

Police want to restrict the sale of alcohol during the English Defence League's proposed march next month. Senior officers are exploring ways of ensuring people travelling to the EDL's planned demonstration on Saturday, February 4, will not be able to buy alcohol in shops and pubs before, during and after more...


Racist murder of Sikh waiter to be reinvestigated after 10-year campaign

The Guardian by Severin Carrell | Thursday, 26 January 2012

Surjit Chhokar, whose case has been likened to Stephen Lawrence's murder in south London. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian The racist murder of a Sikh waiter has been officially reopened by Scotland's chief prosecutor after a 10-year campaign by the dead man's family. Frank Mulholland, the lord advocate, said more...


Former parliamentary assistant to BNP leader claims he was sacked after backing rival candidate

The Flintshire Chronicle by Lois York | Thursday, 26 January 2012

THE former parliamentary assistant to BNP leader Nick Griffin claims he was sacked after backing a rival candidate in the party’s leadership election. Now John Walker, from Mancot, who remains as press officer to the right-wing party’s other MEP Andrew Brons, has been told he can go ahead with his more...


UCC withdraws far-right politician’s invitation

Irish Examiner by Eoin English | Thursday, 26 January 2012

Almost 40 UCC academics last night welcomed the decision to withdraw an invitation to British far-right leader Nick Griffin to take part in a university debate on free speech. Mr Griffin, MEP and chairman of the British National Party (BNP), had been invited to a debate on campus on Feb more...


UCC society withdraws Nick Griffin invite to ‘free speech’ debate

The Journal.ie | Monday, 23 January 2012

A STUDENT SOCIETY in University College Cork has withdrawn its invitation to British National Party leader Nick Griffin to attend a debate there next month. In a statement this afternoon, the UCC Government and Politics Society said it had withdrawn the invitation as a result of submissions from University staff more...


BNP conference club in Liverpool may lose its licence

The Guardian by Helen Carter | Monday, 23 January 2012

The Cricketers club in Wavertree is facing objections from councillors, residents and the police over its licence renewal later this month A social club that hosted the far-right British National Party's annual conference in Liverpool last autumn could lose its licence, it has emerged. The Cricketers Club in Wavertree is more...


Talks over Sunbury-on-Thames schoolgirl race attack

BBC | Saturday, 21 January 2012

A race attack in Surrey on an 11-year-old girl will be the focus of community talks in Sunbury-on-Thames. The girl was attacked by older white girls who kicked her, pushed her to the ground and drew on her face. Surrey Police said it seemed the girl had been targeted on more...


Derby men guilty over gay hate leaflets

BBC | Saturday, 21 January 2012

Three men have been found guilty of a gay hate crime after handing out leaflets calling for homosexual people to be given the death sentence. Ihjaz Ali, 42, Kabir Ahmed, 28, and Razwan Javed, 27, were found guilty of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. They distributed more...


Child, 8, hurt in racist brick attack in Dundonald

BBC | Saturday, 21 January 2012

An eight-year-old child has been injured in a racist attack after a brick was thrown through the window of a house in Dundonald. The house in Brooklands Drive was targeted at about 05:30 GMT on Saturday. The child's injuries are not thought to be life threatening. The same house had more...


If the EDL want to see fair play, they should call off their march

Leicester Mercury | Saturday, 21 January 2012

The English Defence League is heading to Leicester in two weeks' time to protest against the UK's "two-tier justice system" which it claims treats Muslim offenders more leniently than others. If this claim was true it would, of course, be utterly outrageous. Any justice system which operated such double-standards would more...


Couple quit Derry home after attack by racist thugs

Belfast Telegraph by Donna Deeney | Thursday, 19 January 2012

A young couple have said they will not return to their Londonderry home after a gang attacked it with golf clubs in a racist attack. Police said they are treating the attack on the home of Jonathan Taylor and his Filipino wife as a hate crime and have appealed for more...


Judge turns down Irish Centre affray pair’s appeal

The Shields Gazette | Wednesday, 18 January 2012

A SOUTH Tyneside man who was jailed after English Defence League supporters stormed a Newcastle club has lost an appeal against his prison sentence. Colin Burton, 36, was part of a gang which surged into the Tyneside Irish Centre, believing a Socialist Workers’ Party meeting was taking place. Last more...


MP call for borough pupils to stand against fascism

Stourbridge News | Tuesday, 17 January 2012

DUDLEY borough school children are being urged to unite and stand against fascism to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Dudley South MP Chris Kelly has written to teachers inviting them to send pupils for a commemoration event at Dudley College’s Broadway campus on Friday January 27. The service will start at more...


Football helped to drive BNP out of Barking and Dagenham, charity finds

Barking & Dagenham Post by John Phillips | Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Race campaigners successfully used sport in their fight to help stamp out the British National Party in the run-up to the 2010 elections, a new report has found. Hundreds of youths played football in the Hope Not Hate Cups in Dagenham put on by anti-fascist group Searchlight, making a stand more...


NAZI PIECE OF WORK

Sunday World | Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Fascist skinhead runs hate network from his suburban Irish hideaway THIS IS the secret neo-Nazi running an international network of hate from Ireland. Skinhead Igor Mizak (35) is a member of an Eastern European hate group whose activities in Slovakia made him a target for his country's secret service. He more...


Turner artist drops far-right aide

The Times by Dipesh Gadher | Tuesday, 17 January 2012

One of Britain’s leading artists has accepted his assistant’s resignation after learning that she made a donation to the far-right English Defence League (EDL).Sir Howard Hodgkin, a Turner prize winner, said it was “impossible” to continue employing Ann Marchini, 62, because he felt the EDL had “despicable and abhorrent” views.Marchini, more...


EDL members demonstrate at Asda

Rochdale Online | Monday, 16 January 2012

A group of English Defence League (EDL) members demonstrated at the halal meat counter in Asda, Rochdale, on Saturday (14 January). Rochdale Online understands that between 15 and 20 men arrived at the store, on Dane Street, at around 3.30pm but were swiftly moved on by the police and no more...


Leeds race hate crime fears

Yorkshire Evening Post by Aisha Iqbal | Monday, 16 January 2012

Hundreds of people in Leeds are failing to report race hate incidents because they are too scared of reprisals or because they fear nothing will be done. Figures obtained by the YEP show almost 500 people in the city called a 24-hour hate-crime helpline in 2010/11. The figure shot more...


Nazi-themed drinking game 'sparked brawl on LSE union skiing trip'

Guardian by Jeevan Vasagar | Monday, 16 January 2012

London School of Economics launches inquiry into allegations Jewish student's nose was broken during incident in Val d'Isère The London School of Economics is investigating allegations that a Nazi-themed drinking game led to a brawl in which a Jewish student's nose was broken. The inquiry relates to a skiing trip more...


BNP candidate convicted for racism

by Simon Cressy | Monday, 16 January 2012

A BNP candidate from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire has been convicted for racial abuse at Dewsbury Magistrates Court last week. David Huntington who has previously stood for the BNP in the Dewsbury East ward was found guilty of using threatening,abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause racially aggravated harassment,alarm more...


Man injured in London EDL disturbance

BBC | Saturday, 14 January 2012

A man was taken to hospital and 15 people were arrested after a fight involving the English Defence League in east London, police say. Police were called to reports of an assault in Whitechapel Road on Saturday afternoon when EDL supporters travelled to the area after a gathering in Barking. more...


Racist graffiti concern for police and locals

Get Hampshire by Stephanie Cockroft | Saturday, 14 January 2012

A SERIES of racist insults and celebrations of far-right political parties were found strewn across buildings in Aldershot last week. The offensive graffiti, brazened across the buildings in bright red spray paint, included references to the National Front (NF), The British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL), more...


South Shields man admits writing racist graffiti

Evening Chronicle by Rob Kennedy | Friday, 13 January 2012

VILE Stephen Smith is today unmasked as a twisted racist who subjected his pensioner neighbour to a sickening hate campaign. Widow Doreen Saleh was already devastated by the untimely death of her son when offensive racist graffiti started appearing on her back gate. The 67-year-old became scared in her own more...


Race hate campaign ended with arson attack

Western Morning News | Thursday, 12 January 2012

An arson attack which burned down a youth project was the culmination of a prolonged racist campaign of violence, the owner has claimed. It is the second time arsonists have targeted the Hope Project in St Agnes, Cornwall, in 18 months. Owner Samuel Farmer, 47, said he has been subjected more...


I Tackled Race-Hate Drunk... But Now I Face Time In Jail

The Daily Express by Brian Swanson | Wednesday, 11 January 2012

A SHOP assistant faces jail after flooring a teenage yob who hurled racist abuse and threatened him. Mohammed Hanif, 45, has been dragged before the courts while his foul-mouthed tormentor, Thomas O’Dwyer, has not been charged. Mr Hanif tackled drunken O’Dwyer, 16, after the thug burst into the shop in more...


'Racist songs at cup game'

Leicester Mercury | Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Allegations of racist and offensive chanting at Saturday's FA Cup match between Leicester City and Nottingham Forest are being investigated by police. Sections of the home support at Forest's City Ground are said to have sung offensive chants aimed at Leicester's Asian population. Videos have also surfaced on YouTube of more...


Clarkson New Race Row

Daily Star on Sunday by John Ward | Sunday, 8 January 2012

GOBBY Jeremy Clarkson stormed into another race row last night after making fun of drowned Chinese cockle pickers. And his latest outburst came after the Daily Star Sunday discovered he had posed for a snap with the leader of the racist English Defence League.The 51-year-old was slammed after joking about more...


Stan Collymore in Twitter racial abuse claim

BBC | Saturday, 7 January 2012

A man has been arrested over claims by ex-footballer Stan Collymore that he was sent racial abuse on Twitter. Collymore contacted Staffordshire Police who passed on the complaint to Northumbria Police. The 21-year-old man, believed to be from the Newcastle area, is currently in police custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated more...


Race rant Camden Road manhunt by police

London 24 | Friday, 6 January 2012

A man who racially abused two children and punched a wheelchair– bound man in the head is being hunted by police. A 53-year-old disabled man was waiting at the bus stop opposite Kwik Fit on Camden Raod, Holloway, at around 2.15pm on October 4 when he saw a suspect racially more...


Judge criticises sentencing powers for racist's anti-Muslim tirade

Wales Online by Elwyn Roberts | Friday, 6 January 2012

A judge has hit out at sentencing powers that prevented him from handing out a tougher punishment to a self-confessed racist who threatened to blow up a mosque. Judge Niclas Parry said he found it "quite staggering" a religiously aggravated public order offence could only attract a fine as a more...


Wallsend mosque attack: worshippers fear escalating violence

by BY JANEK SPEIGHT | Thursday, 5 January 2012

AN attack on a Newcastle mosque, trapping seven worshippers inside, has been caught on security camera. The attack happened only minutes after a group of children had finished a scripture class and is the latest in a series of incidents that have left the city’s Muslim community feeling ‘‘vulnerable and more...


Three men sentenced over arson attack on Sussex mosque

by BBC News | Thursday, 5 January 2012

Three men have been sentenced for an arson attack on a newly-renovated mosque in West Sussex. James Everley, 20, of Crawley, James Smith, 20, of Burgess Hill, and Joshua Morris, 20, of Haywards Heath, were all sentenced to three years at a young offenders institute. The fire at the mosque more...


How German Neo-Nazi Terror Cell Gave Authorities the Slip

Spiegel by By Sven Röbel, Holger Stark and Steffen Winter | Thursday, 5 January 2012

Part 1: How Neo-Nazi Terror Cell Gave Authorities the Slip (Germany)A secret report on the neo-Nazi terror cell which allegedly killed at least 10 people reveals a series of serious mistakes by Germany's law enforcement agencies. The authorities had the group under surveillance and could have stopped the murder spree more...


Stephen Lawrence: Police say new information has come in

by BBC News | Wednesday, 4 January 2012

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-16413433 Detectives in the Stephen Lawrence case were given new information during the trial of two men convicted for his murder, it has been revealed. Police said there had been at least five calls from the public and the information was being evaluated. Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, more...


EDL thug who abused police at Telford protest faces £685 bill

Shropshire Star | Wednesday, 4 January 2012

An English Defence League supporter who chanted ‘You’re not English any more’ at a police officer during a protest in Telford has been convicted of using threatening behaviour. Myles Bradley Davies, 19, of Melton Mews, Whitchurch, had denied using words or behaviour likely to cause alarm or distress in Wellington more...


Norway killer Breivik is 'not psychotic', say experts

by BBC News | Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Experts monitoring the Norwegian killer, Anders Behring Breivik, say they believe he is not psychotic, contradicting court-appointed psychiatrists. A team of experts reached the conclusion after monitoring Breivik in prison, said the public prosecutor who submitted their report to the court. Breivik admits to twin attacks on 22 July 2011, more...


Stephen Lawrence murder: Dobson and Norris found guilty

BBC | Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Two men have been convicted of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence - 18 years after the attack. Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey after a trial focused on forensic evidence seized in 1993. Scientists found a more...


Race rant accused to face trial

BBC | Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A woman charged over an alleged racist rant on a tram that was captured on video and seen online 11 million times is set to face trial at a crown court. Emma West, 34, of New Addington, has been charged with two racially aggravated public order offences, one with intent more...