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Thor Steinar: Outfitter To The Extreme Right Opens in London's Jewish Neighbourhood

London's Finchley neighbourhood, the heart of the city's Jewish community, now hosts a clothing store associated with Europe's Neo-Nazis.

Thor Steinar, the favoured brand of extreme right wingers in Germany, has opened a shop in north London called the Viking Thor Shop.

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Five charged after street protest linked to English Defence League

Five people have been charged in connection with a street protest linked to the English Defence League (EDL).

Edward Scovell, 43, of Donnington Gardens, in the university area of Reading, has been charged with one count of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Julie Anne Worthington, 35, also of Donnington Gardens, has been charged with two counts of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and two counts of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour. Rory Rowbotton, 22, of Hartmead Road, Thatcham, Gary Hazel, 38, of Forsyth Gardens, Bournemouth, and Robert Brammer, 50, of Hayward Close, Totton, were each charged with one count of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:22

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Farage could face investigation into EU expenses

Nigel Farage could face an expenses inquiry into allegations concerning £60,000 of “missing” European Union funds paid into his personal bank account.

The Ukip leader has received £15,500 a year from the EU since at least 2009 to pay for the upkeep of his constituency office, a small converted grain store near Bognor Regis, West Sussex, according to transparency reports filed on the party’s website.

However, the building was given rent-free to Mr Farage by Ukip supporters 15 years ago, The Times reported.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:45

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Have these protesters been criminalised, despite the case against them being dismissed?

On Monday the trial of five anti-fascists facing charges relating to an anti-BNP demonstration on 1 June last year ended in farce as the Crown Prosecution Service turned up at court without its key witness, who was on leave. The judge refused the CPS an adjournment and in the absence of any evidence, the case was dismissed.

This outcome is an important vindication of the five protesters, but it will not undo the many stressful months spent on bail preparing for a trial, and a possible criminal record. Ironically it has also deprived the defendants of an opportunity to put the policing tactics on that day under scrutiny. The court would have heard that 59 people were arrested: many of them held for hours on pre-booked buses, transported to various police stations around London and finally dumped on the streets in the early hours of the morning, sometimes with no means to get home. Bail conditions also barred many from participating in protests against fascist organisations until a legal challenge saw this dropped.

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North-West Campaigners Determined To Oust Nick Griffin From European Parliament

Activists in north-west England have launched a determined campaign to oust British National Party MEP Nick Griffin in European Parliament elections on May 22.

Of British MEPs, Mr Griffin won his seat with the fewest votes.

On the Wirral anti-fascists including Communication Workers Union members took to the streets to hand out leaflets.

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