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Carlisle Man Sacked Over Petrol Bomb Indian Takeaway Rant On Facebook

The Times & Star by Phil Coleman | Saturday, 27 October 2012

A former hospital worker involved with a far-right political group used Facebook to encourage people to petrol bomb an Indian takeaway at the centre of a major child abuse probe. Carlisle Crown Court heard how Alan Clarke’s reckless comments on the social networking site led to him being sacked by bosses more...


Extra police in town for National Front protest

Sheffield Star | Saturday, 27 October 2012

Another huge police presence is expected in Rotherham on Saturday because of fears that the National Front and Unite Against Fascism could stage protest events. South Yorkshire Police has been approached by a National Front representative about the possibility of a ‘protest demonstrartaion’ and the police and Rotherham Council have been more...


Former EDL Jewish leader claims Islamic centre 'could lead to attacks'

The Jewish Chronicle by Marcus Dysch | Thursday, 25 October 2012

Roberta Moore, head of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League, wrote to Camden Council complaining about the proposed conversion of a shop in Cricklewood, north London. Ms Moore, ex-head of the English Defence League’s Jewish Division, said turning the former shop into a Muslim community centre could lead to more...


London EDL marches stopped by government ban

BBC | Thursday, 25 October 2012

A series of marches by the English Defence League has been banned amid fears of serious public disorder. Policing minister Damian Green agreed to a police request for the ban ahead of marches on Saturday in Walthamstow and elsewhere in north-east London. The ban prevents all marches in Waltham Forest and nearby more...


Smithton man jailed for race hate outburst

Highland News | Thursday, 25 October 2012

A Smithton man who shouted racial abuse at a man a in an Inverness takeaway was jailed by a sheriff who told him he should be “ashamed of himself.” William Gillespie (26), of Sinclair Park, shouted the remarks to Tanveer Siddique in front of police officers at Max’s 2 on Lombard more...


Police called in as planning meeting gets nasty

Chelmsford Weekly | Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Police had to be called in halfway through a planning committee meeting after far-right protesters became “abusive”. Members of the English Defence League were at the meeting of Chelmsford Council’s planning committee and are said to have caused a disturbance. The incident happened shortly after councillors agreed to plans for a Waitrose more...


British far right collapses

New Europe by Andy Carling | Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, leader of the English Defence League (EDL), has spent years in a controversial campaign to see “extremist Muslims” imprisoned and is now complaining that the prison he is now in is “full of Muslim extremists.” Yaxley-Lennon and 52 others have been arrested in a dramatic police swoop as they more...


EDL leader charged over 'false passport'

AFP | Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The leader of the English Defence League (EDL) appeared in court on Monday charged with attempting to travel to the United States using another person's passport, London's Metropolitan Police said. Stephen Lennon, 29, appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court to face the charge of "possession of a false identity document more...


Police arrest 53 'EDL supporters' near London

BBC | Sunday, 21 October 2012

Police have arrested 53 men, believed to be supporters of the English Defence League, who were heading to London. The men were held on the M25 motorway near Heathrow Airport and Uxbridge and on the M3 near Bagshot, Surrey, on Saturday afternoon, police said. The men were heading to a location in more...


Nick Griffin says he is prepared to go to jail for Christians

Christian Today | Sunday, 21 October 2012

British National Party leader Nick Griffin has told Premier Christian Radio that he is prepared to go to prison to protect the rights of Christians and heterosexuals. He was speaking on the radio station after comments he wrote on Twitter in response to a court ruling against two Christian B&B owners more...


Nick Griffin lives in a very strange, parallel universe

The Observer by Barbara Ellen | Sunday, 21 October 2012

Just how thick is Nick Griffin? Is it even measurable? Or is he just so desperate for publicity for his ailing party that he'd do anything to grub up a few headlines, bar perhaps roller-skate past Westminster naked? The BNP leader tweeted the home address (partial address, he says) of the more...


Tommy Robinson and 53 EDL supporters held after Police Motorway Sting

EDL News | Saturday, 20 October 2012

Fifty three members of English Defence League members were arrested on the M1 this afternoon whilst allegedly travelling to target a mosque London. Members were said to have gathered in a pub in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, before boarding a furniture removal van. Police in riot vans pulled the van over after more...


Rats leave Nick Griffin behind on the BNP's swiftly sinking ship

The Independent by Nigel Morris, Kevin Rawlinson | Saturday, 20 October 2012

Next weekend the remaining stalwarts of what was briefly Britain's fastest-growing party will gather in a Blackpool hotel room. Access to the British National Party's annual conference, which is likely to be attended by about 100 activists, will be tightly controlled to prevent "spies" penetrating the gathering and relaying its more...


Anti-abortion activists protest at Belfast clinic opening

Guardian by Henry McDonald | Thursday, 18 October 2012

A millionaire businessman who bankrolled the British National party has addressed a protest rally at the opening of the first private abortion clinic on the island of Ireland. Jim Dowson, a one-time associate and fundraiser for the BNP leader, Nick Griffin, joined anti-abortion groups from Dublin and Catholic westBelfast as well more...


BNP leader Nick Griffin posts address of B&B case gay couple online

The Guardian by Lizzy Davies | Thursday, 18 October 2012

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire police said it was looking into “a number of complaints” it had received about the tweets by Nick Griffin. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Police in Cambridgeshire have said they are investigating complaints made after the leader of the far-right British National Party, Nick Griffin, posted the address of more...


BNP’s Griffin incites mob demo over gay right victory

Politics.co.uk by Ian Dunt | Thursday, 18 October 2012

Nick Griffin is being accused of inciting a mob to attend the house of a gay couple who won a crucial legal victory this week. The BNP leader used Twitter to publish the address of Michael Black and John Morgan, who booked a double room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast more...


BNP divisions exposed as Andrew Brons resigns

The Guardian by Ben Quinn | Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Divisions that may spell the end of the far right British National party exploded into the open on Tuesday with the departure of one of its two MEPs. Andrew Brons announced he was quitting the BNP with an angry statement claiming that up to 90% of the party's membership, activists and more...


Kent PCC candidate 'horrified' at being labelled Nazi online

This Is Local London by George Sargent | Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Kent police and crime commissioner (PCC) candidate Stuart Jeffery has said he is “shocked and horrified” after he was labeled a Nazi online. Pictures of Mr Jeffery surrounded by swastikas were posted on a site believed to be the “personal site” of fellow Kent PCC candidate Steven Uncles. Mr Uncles, of the more...


Defendant ordered to write essay on racial and sectarian hatred

Derry Journal | Monday, 15 October 2012

A man who shouted racist abuse at a black teenage girl visiting the city has been ordered by a judge to write an essay on racial hatred. Derry’s magistrate’s court heard that Stephen Gerard Bradley, of Templemore Mews, shouted “nigger” at the girl, who was aged between 14 and 16-years-old and more...


Two men arrested in Belfast over National Front leaflets

BBC | Monday, 15 October 2012

Detectives investigating an allegation that National Front leaflets have been distributed in south Belfast have arrested two men. The pair, aged 33 and 49, are being held on suspicion of the distribution of written material with intent to incite hatred. The leaflets are alleged to have been distributed in the Tates Avenue more...


Car damaged in Sunderland demo

Newcastle Chronicle | Friday, 12 October 2012

A car was damaged during a protest between far-right and anti-fascist groups in Sunderland, which saw 13 people arrested. The conflict involving 200 people on Saturday sparked a massive police operation at the site of a recently-approved mosque. During the protest around £200 worth of damaged was caused to more...


English Defence League 'to become political party and stand candidates in European elections', says 'Tommy Robinson'

The Independent by Kevin Rawlinson | Thursday, 11 October 2012

The far-right English Defence League will be turned into a political party in a bid to stand candidates in the European Parliament elections in less than two years, its founder has claimed. Tommy Robinson revealed the plan as he announced he was to leave the British Freedom Party after only more...


EDL are marching to a different tune...

The Sheffield Star by Colin Drury | Thursday, 11 October 2012

Isn't it reassuring to know the English Defence League is coming to South Yorkshire this weekend to make a stand for us all? Isn’t it a relief that just as Rotherham finds itself confronting complex sociocultural problems, these lads – bless their face-hiding generosity – will be travelling from across more...


Violence erupts as anti-fascists clash with far-right groups in Sunderland

Sunderland Echo | Monday, 8 October 2012

Millfield residents watched in fear as disorder engulfed their community. About 200 people, from a number of left-wing and right-wing organisations, were involved in the counter-demonstrations, which centred on plans to build a mosque in St Mark’s Road. Northumbria Police had put officers in place to oversee the protest. But, more...


13 Arrested in Sunderland

by Northumbria Police | Saturday, 6 October 2012

Police were made aware of a pre-planned protest at a site at St Mark'sRoad, Millfield, Sunderland.Around 200 people were involved in the demonstration involving anumber of left-wing and right-wing organisations. A police operationwas in place to facilitate a peaceful protest.Despite assurances from both sides that this would be good-natured andrespectful more...


Former South Shields' soldier given community order

South Shields Evening Chronicle | Wednesday, 3 October 2012

A former soldier was given a community order after posting hate-filled messages insulting to Muslims on the internet. Kenneth Holden, an English Defence League (EDL) supporter, wrote two religiously-abusive notes on Facebook in April. One message made an offensive reference to Allah, while the other had a picture of more...


They're not racist, they just dislike 'dirty Pakis'

Isle of Thanet Gazette | Wednesday, 3 October 2012

In the dimly lit backroom of a Margate seafront pub, a group of some 30 people in football shirts and black hoodies gather. As brash punk music blares out the speakers, the meeting has gathered people from across Kent, Essex, Berkshire, Sussex and East Anglia to decry sharia law and more...


BNP leader Nick Griffin faces police probe over 'fenian bastards' sectarian tweet during procession

Belfast Telegraph by Adrian Rutherford and Victoria O'Hara | Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Police are investigating a complaint that controversial BNP leader Nick Griffin was responsible for “inciting hatred” after making a foul-mouthed sectarian remark about Catholics. The far-right MEP described republicans as “fenian bastards" on Twitter, hours after a surprise appearance at Stormont. A formal complaint was lodged with the PSNI by more...


Five arrested over far-right attack in Liverpool city centre

BBC | Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Four men and a teenager have been arrested after people attending a Liverpool anti-fascism event were attacked. Four men, aged 21, 24, 30 and 52 were detained after the North West Counter Terrorism Unit raided homes in Liverpool, Southport and Blackburn. A 17-year-old boy is also being held. Police said more...


Arrest Following Hope not Hate Article

The Lancashire Telegraph by Simon Cressy | Monday, 1 October 2012

Following our article "The Guns of Blackburn" it appears Lancashire Police have knocked on a few doors in the town. This piece appeared in The Lancashire Telegraph over the weekend, however the article isn't online just yet.Thanks to them for supplying us with the text of the story which we more...