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EDL Woolwich march banned by Met Police

This is Local London by Mark Chandler | Friday, 28 June 2013

A planned march to Woolwich tomorrow (June 29) by far-right group the EDL has been banned by police - but its leader has vowed to visit anyway. The group had planned to end an Armed Forces Day march - billed as a charity walk - in Woolwich where Drummer Lee Rigby more...


Jailed: men who attacked Poole mosque sentenced to four months in prison

Bournemouth Echo by Jill Frampton | Friday, 28 June 2013

Four men who smashed windows in a religiously-aggravated attack on a Poole mosque were jailed for four months today. Before their afternoon attack on the Dorset Islamic Cultural Centre on May 23, Michael Manyweathers, Robert Mullins, Trevor Mullins and Jeremy Rochester had been drinking and discussing the murder of drummer Lee more...


UKIP beaten into third place in Rutland County Council's Ketton by-election

Leicester Mercury by Dan J Martin | Friday, 28 June 2013

The Conservatives held on to a county council seat in a by-election in Rutland yesterday. Voters in the Ketton ward went to the polls to find a replacement for former police authority chairman Barrie Roper who retired last month and moved to Cornwall. The vote came a week after three independent more...


Racism probe after NF mob abuse girl, 7, at Liverpool club

Liverpool Echo by Marc Waddington | Friday, 28 June 2013

Police are investigating allegations that a seven-year-old girl suffered racist abuse at the hands of far-right extremists at a Liverpool club as she accompanied her mother to book a wedding reception. The girl’s mother and partner went to the Cricketers club in more...


Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer barred from entering Britain to speak at an EDL rally

The Independent by Kevin Rawlinson | Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Two of the people behind a campaign against the building of the “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York have been barred from entering Britain to speak at an English Defence League rally in London this weekend, it has been announced. The Home Secretary Theresa May has told Pamela Geller and Robert more...


Swastikas sprayed on Redditch Central Mosque walls

BBC On line by BBC News | Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The intruders forced their way through a gate and broke into the main building. It is not yet known if anything was stolen. Police have increased patrols in the area and are now guarding the site. Supt Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police, said that because of incidents "happening nationally", targeted patrols more...


'Strong' protest is a bit of a letdown in Hove

The Argus by , | Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A planned nationalist protest went off with a whimper when only three marchers turned up. A group calling themselves the Brighton and Hove Strong told hundreds of followers to turn up and “not let this country fall” at Hove’s Peace Statue on Saturday afternoon. However, only three men arrived at the agreed more...


Birmingham man found guilty of terror offences

The Guardian | Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A man with links to the radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been convicted of terrorism offences. Mohammed Benares, 44, from Saltley, Birmingham, had terror guides showing how to make a bomb and detonator and handle an AK47 gun. He denied three counts of possessing a record containing information of a kind likely more...


'Disappointing' turnout for Harlow Strong as less than 30 people join protest march

Harlow Star by Chris Moss | Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The organiser of a charity march in memory of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has declared today’s (Sunday, June 23) event a success - despite the fact that fewer than 30 people took part. Leo Hartley had invited hundreds to Harlow Strong - which he had billed as a “peaceful march to more...


UKIP's position on historic trade deal would be ridiculous

Lincolnshire Echo by Lincolnshire Echo | Monday, 24 June 2013

A new free trade treaty is about to be negotiated between the EU and the USA. I welcome the idea very strongly. With recession and high unemployment on both sides of the North Atlantic, both sides need it to boost their economies. It would bring us big opportunities for increasing imports and more...


Organisers of Burnley anti-Islam march face bill from police

Lancashire Telegraph | Monday, 24 June 2013

Council bosses are set to send a bill to the organisers of a far right protest march in Burnley – after insisting they were not welcome in the town. Around 150 people, including delegates from Scotland, Yorkshire and across East Lancashire, paraded along Centenary Way as part of a North West more...


Spennymoor BNP activist who chased abusive boys in his car is banned from teaching for life

The Northern Echo by Duncan Leatherdale | Sunday, 23 June 2013

A BNP activist has been banned from teaching for life after he drove his car at children who had been verbally abusing him at a St George’s Day fun day. The national College for Teaching and Leadership initially banned Adam Walker from teaching for two years, but the Secretary of State more...


Bang investigated as mosque device confirmed as home-made explosive

West Midlands Police | Sunday, 23 June 2013

West Midlands Police has tonight (23 June) confirmed that the suspicious package found at a mosque in Walsall over the weekend is a small home-made explosive device. Enquiries have revealed that local residents heard a bang on Friday evening which appears to be consistent with the device going off. No one was more...


Southend landlady defends decision to let EDL meet in her pub

Southend Echo by Chloe Chapman | Friday, 21 June 2013

A seafront pub landlady has defended her decision to let members of the far-right English Defence League meet in her pub. Nicola Tiney, who runs the Borough Hotel, in Marine Parade, Southend, spoke out in the face of a social networking website campaign, urging drinkers to shun the pub. Police were out more...


EDL: Theresa May considers banning US bloggers from UK

BBC | Friday, 21 June 2013

Home Secretary Theresa May is considering banning two US bloggers from entering the UK to speak at an English Defence League rally. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are due to join an EDL march in Woolwich, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.  The pair are prominent "anti-Islamisation" campaigners in the US. Home affairs more...


Councillor stint racks up £8,000 bill

Bury Free Press | Friday, 21 June 2013

The six-week term of Thetford West’s departed UKIP councillor could end up costing taxpayers’ more than £8,000, it has been revealed. Peter Georgiou served just six weeks as a Norfolk county councillor after being elected on May 2 and resigning last Friday. The county council confirmed this week that Mr Georgiou more...


Merseyside footballer Shaun Tuck charged over Mosque tweets

Liverpool Echo by Jamie Bowman | Friday, 21 June 2013

A Merseyside footballer who allegedly encouraged people to riot and “bomb and gas every mosque in England” following the terrorist beheading of Drummer Lee Rigby has been charged by police. Witton Albion striker Shaun Tuck is to face magistrates in Liverpool next month accused of an offence under Section 127 of more...


Far-right march to take place in Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph | Thursday, 20 June 2013

A far-right march and a community cohesion event will be running side-by-side in Burnley this weekend. Campaigners from the North West Frontline Firm, an amalgamation of far-right groups, have arranged a demonstration in the town on Saturday, which is expected to culminate with a wreath-laying ceremony at Burnley’s cenotaph. But community leaders more...


Fascists woo loyalists to boost their hate battle

Sunday World by Steve Moore | Thursday, 20 June 2013

FAR right groups have stepped up their campaign to ‘romance’ loyalists in the wake of the brutal murder of drummer Lee Rigby.Racist thugs from the English Defence League and the BNP have increased their attempts to forge links with loyalist groups like the UVF and UDA.Last week there was shock more...


Man who punched police officer in head during Help for Heroes march walks free from court

Evening Standard | Wednesday, 19 June 2013

A man who punched a police officer in the head when a Help for Heroes march turned sour has walked free from court. Luke Selman, 23, was part of a 60-strong group who attended a rally to raise money in memory of murdered Drummer Lee Rigby, 25. The walk began peacefully when more...


Ban ‘fascist thuggery’ of EDL, says ex-police authority chief - General news

Yorkshire Post | Wednesday, 19 June 2013

A former police authority chairman has accused the English Defence League (EDL) of “fascist street thuggery” after a march in Hull that led to 10 arrests. Trouble flared when about 75 people took part a march along Spring Bank on June 8, although those arrested were protesting against the event. Police said more...


Bethan Jenkins AM hits out at National Front's decision to stand in Llansamlet by-election

South Wales Evening Post by Liz Perkins | Wednesday, 19 June 2013

An AM has condemned plans by a far right group to stand in a Swansea Council by-election. Bethan Jenkins, AM for South Wales West, has hit out at the decision by the National Front to try and win votes in the Llansamlet ward. She has joined the chorus of criticism from AMs, more...


Far-right Aberdeen march rejected

Evening Express by Niamh Burns | Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Plans for a far-right march have been refused by Aberdeen councillors, it can be revealed today. The Scottish Defence League had applied for permission to march on Armed Forces Day. They had wanted to stage a parade along Crown Street to St John’s Church on St John’s Place in the city centre more...


UKIP councillor says voters mistook him for a woman

Western Morning News by Toby Meyjes | Tuesday, 18 June 2013

A councillor from Cornwall, who admitted he was surprised to get elected after barely campaigning, has said the reason he got in must be because people mistook him for a woman. Vivian Lewis won the Camborne Treswithian seat by just 12 votes from Labour at the Cornwall Council elections in May more...


Shoppers clash with far-right group

Yorkshire Post | Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Police were called to a disturbance which started after a far -right group descended on Sheffield city centre at the weekend. Eight men from the British Movement, who were handing out leaflets, were confronted by passers-by and other pamphleteers on Fargate. Police said a “brief confrontation” took place and officers intervened before more...


EDL thug from Dartford who beat up innocent man on Underground narrowly avoids jail

News Shopper by Alan Woods | Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Two racist thugs who beat up an innocent man and told him "go back to your own country" have narrowly avoided jail. Salvatore Allegro, 48, of Home Gardens, Dartford, and James Whitbread, 36, from Rochester, carried out the unprovoked attack at Bank Underground station on August 18 last year. The pair were more...


BBC journalist gets 'death threats' after English Defence League interview

The Daily Express by Owen Bennett | Sunday, 16 June 2013

BBC presenter Andrew Neil says has had death threats after a fiery confrontation with English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson. The interview was broadcast on the BBC's Sunday Politics show this morning, and saw Mr Neil repeatedly question Mr Robinson about his criminal past and the alleged fascist conduct of more...


Tommy Robinson criticises Help for Heroes EDL boycott

The Metro | Sunday, 16 June 2013

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has said the decision by Help for Heroes to reject his donations is ‘political correctness gone mad’. Mr Robinson, who is a co-founder of the far-right group, was speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show. The military charity said it had asked JustGiving to remove the more...


Sir Bob seeks answers to soldier EDL membership

Colchester Gazette | Saturday, 15 June 2013

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has sought clarification on whether armed forces members are allowed to join the English Defence League after EDL leaders announced they planned to resurrect the group’s Colchester Garrison division. Sir Bob tabled a written question to Mark Francois, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence.He more...


Woolwich attack: racist Facebook posts lead to suspended jail term

The Guardian | Friday, 14 June 2013

Members of the 14th Regiment Royal Artillery visit the site where soldier Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA A 24-year-old woman who posted racist comments on Facebook after the death of Drummer Lee Rigby has avoided a jail sentence. Michaela Turner, of Southsea, Hampshire, was sentenced at Portsmouth magistrates more...


Sharp increase in anti-Islamic hate crime put down to single SDL march

STV | Friday, 14 June 2013

A sharp increase in derogatory conduct towards Islam has been put down to a single march by the Scottish Defence League. Figures released on Friday show the number of charges of Religiously Aggravated Offending against Islam rose from 19 in 2011/12 to 80 in 2012/13. The SDL have been blamed for this more...


National Front accused of ‘exploiting’ Lee Rigby's death

Bury Times | Friday, 14 June 2013

The National Front has been accused of exploiting the death of Drummer Lee Rigby after holding a demonstration in Bury on Saturday. Members congregated for around an hour at 2pm, and marched from the cenotaph to The Rock, holding a minute’s applause in honour of the fallen soldier who was recruited more...


Bricklayer attacked mosque in "revenge", court told

Bournemouth Echo | Friday, 14 June 2013

A man who attacked a mosque after the killing of soldier Lee Rigby has pleaded guilty to racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage. Michael Manyweathers, 49, and three other men used a plank to smash windows at the Dorset Islamic Cultural Centre in Poole, on May 23. For the Crown, Charles Nightingale more...


Anger at BNP rally outside St Helens mosque

St Helens Reporter | Thursday, 13 June 2013

Police were called to a BNP rally outside an Islamic community centre in St Helens. Members of the far-right group held banners and handed out leaflets outside the Iman Trust’s base on Elton Head Road, Sutton, last Monday (June 3). The decision by the groupto picket the centre has prompted concern among more...


Concerns raised over 'far-right links' to Harlow charity march in memory of murdered soldier Lee Rigby

Harlow Star by Bianca Castro | Thursday, 13 June 2013

The organiser of a ‘charity march’ in memory of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has dismissed claims the event is a front for far-right political group the English Defence League. Harlow Strong, which is set to take place next Sunday, is being billed as a “peaceful t-shirt charity march” - despite similar more...


Third Merton Tory councillor defects to UKIP

Merton Guardian by Khaleda Rahman | Thursday, 13 June 2013

A third former Merton Conservative councillor said he will be joining UKIP. Councillor Rod Scott, ward member for Raynes Park, was among the four councillors who resigned from the Conservative group at the annual mayor making meeting on May 15 over claims of “backstabbing and duplicity” in the party. Coun Scott joins more...


Boxer who threatened Muslims with 'insane violence' while posing with a gun on day of murder of Lee Rigby is jailed

Daily Mail by Martin Robinson | Wednesday, 12 June 2013

A boxer who threatened Muslims with acts of ‘insane violence’ on Facebook hours after Drummer Lee Rigby was hacked to death was jailed for four months today. Tony Perrin, 27, was arrested near his south London home after he posted his threats with a photo of himself wearing a balaclava and more...


Battle lines drawn as Salford Labour councillor slams BNP in wake of Drummer Lee Rigby murder

Mancunian Matters by Danielle Wainwright | Wednesday, 12 June 2013

A Salford councillor has accused the British National Party of using the death of Manchester soldier Lee Rigby to incite violence and hatred in the city. Cllr Howard Balkind, Labour member for Swinton South Ward, expressed his anger at an upcoming BNP meeting tomorrow night, branding the party as ‘extremists trying more...


EDL dismissal warning for soldiers

The Daily Express | Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Serving soldiers have been warned that taking part in any English Defence League activities could result in their dismissal. Defence minister Mark Francois, in a written Parliamentary answer, said that the Army chain of command had been contacted with clear instructions to ensure all service personnel refrained from engaging in any more...


BBC criticised over Today interview with EDL leader Tommy Robinson

The Metro by Richard James | Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The BBC has been criticised for carrying out an interview with Tommy Robinson, the leader of the far-right group the English Defence League, on Radio 4 this morning. Some listeners branded the interview on the Today programme ‘misguided and irresponsible’, with criticism the corporation didn’t provide a counter-argument to Robinson’s comments. During more...


Police investigate 'EDL' graffiti at mosque

Leicester Mercury by Simon Cressy | Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Police are investigating a graffiti attack on a mosque. The letters EDL – thought to refer to the English Defence League – were written or sprayed on a bin at Oadby Islamic Centre on Monday. Police have urged anyone who saw someone behaving suspiciously near the Sandhurst Street building to come forward. Contact more...


Nick Griffin's 'fact-finding' mission to Syria mired in confusion

The Guardian by Ian Black | Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, has waded into controversy about the Syrian crisis by paying a "fact-finding visit" to Damascus as part of a delegation of far-right and nationalist European politicians. Griffin, the MEP for North-west England, used his Twitter account to attack British government calls to more...


EDL leader Tommy Robinson threatens 'violent act' against members making Nazi salutes

Evening Standard | Tuesday, 11 June 2013

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson today appeared to threaten violence against Far-Right thugs who did Nazi salutes — seconds after condemning all attacks. He was given an early morning radio slot by the BBC to lay out EDL policies and even to argue that an attack on an Islamic community more...


British far right leader Nick Griffin travels to Syria

Executive Magazine by Joe Dyke | Tuesday, 11 June 2013

A British far-right leader is in Syria with the government, his party has confirmed. Nick Griffin, leader of the controversial British National Party, traveled to Damascus from Lebanon on Tuesday on what he described on his Twitter feed as a “fact-finding mission”. A spokesperson for Griffin, who once said Islam was more...


BNP's Nick Griffin in 'normal' Damascus amid suicide bomb

The Telegraph by Chris Irvine | Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The MEP has been updating his followers on Twitter on a visit to the Middle East. He crossed the border into Syria yesterday after spending a day in Lebanon, according to his account. Calling Damascus a "modern, bustling city", he compared security to that of Belfast during the Troubles, and aside more...


Racist vandals paint swastika on proposed mosque site

by Mike Pyle | Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The wayward graffiti was painted onto the front door of the old Bank Chamber building, which is owned by an Islamic group that wants to convert it into a mosque, in Green Lane, Worcester Park, between 8am and 11pm on Tuesday, June 4. The attack comes in the aftermath of the more...


English Defence League rally bomb plotters jailed

BBC | Monday, 10 June 2013

Six men from the West Midlands have been jailed for up to 19-and-a-half years each for planning to bomb an English Defence League rally. Omar Khan, Jewel Uddin, Mohammed Hasseen, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Anzal Hussain had all admitted terrorism offences in April. Five of the men took a bomb, knives more...


English Defence League marches in Hull

Hull Daily Mail by Simon Cressy | Saturday, 8 June 2013

An English Defence League march meant a heavy police presence in Hull today. Twenty-plus officers, two riot vans and two mounted officers kept order as about 60 marchers set off down Spring Bank at 12.30pm. The march organiser, who refused to give his name, instructed his colleagues to avoid racist and bad more...


Trio of councillors jump on UKIP bandwagon

Shields Gazette | Friday, 7 June 2013

UKIP pulled off a political coup in South Tyneside today after three borough councillors defected to the rapidly-emerging party. Independents George Elsom, Steve Harrison and Linda Hemmer have signed up in a bid to break Labour’s stranglehold on power in the council chamber. The move comes after UKIP won almost a quarter more...


EDL supporter facing jail term over Walsall protest

Wolverhampton Express & Star | Thursday, 6 June 2013

An English Defence League supporter who shouted abuse and used threatening behaviour during a demonstration in Walsall has been warned he could face a jail term. Jack Beasley travelled from Durham to take part in the protest which brought Walsall town centre to a standstill on September 29 last year. Miss more...


EDL graffiti found at burned down Islamic centre

Haringey Independent by Jaber Mohamed | Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Graffiti bearing the name of a far right group has been found at the scene of a fire in Muswell Hill. Police confirmed the letters EDL, standing for the English Defence League, was found at Somalian Islamic Bravanese Welfare Association, in Coppetts Road, which was badly damaged by the blaze. The more...


Essex: UKIP councillors call for Help-to-Buy mortgage scheme to be scrapped

EADT24 by Ross Bentley | Wednesday, 5 June 2013

UKIP councillors have called for a Help-to-Buy mortgage scheme to be scrapped. Essex County Council recently launched its Local Authority Mortgage Scheme (LAMS) to help people get on the property ladder and has said it will underwrite £7million of loans to provide first-time buyers with deposits. This is being match-funded by more...


Right wing terror suspects waged hate campaign against Muslims

by Court News | Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Two right-wing terror suspects are to go on trial accused of waging a campaign of hate against Muslims in Devon. Tobias Ruth, 18, and John Roddy, 20, allegedly daubed mosques and cultural centres with racist graffiti. The pair are also said to have sent threatening letters to Islamic organisations located around Torbay more...


Chris Pain steps down as East Midlands chairman of UKIP amid racist allegations

Lincolnshire Echo by Mark Williams | Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Chris Pain has stepped down as East Midlands chairman of UKIP amid a police investigation into racist remarks on Facebook. The Lincolnshire Echo revealed last month how police had stepped in to investigate allegations of online racist rants by three UKIP politicians on Lincolnshire County Council - Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright, Alan Jesson more...


Fascists ignore pleas for calm from soldier Lee Rigby's family as they clash with opponents in Edinburgh and London

Daily Record | Monday, 3 June 2013

A far-right rabble trying to exploit the murder of soldier Lee Rigby clashed with anti-fascist campaigners in Edinburgh and London yesterday. About 150 members of the Scottish Defence League – some carrying Union flags and “RIP Lee Rigby” banners – were outnumbered by opponents. Surrounded by police, the SDL marched from Waverley more...