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Former EDL leader denies assaulting man in HMP Peterborough

The former leader of the anti-Muslim group the English Defence League has denied assaulting a man at HMP Peterborough.

Steven Yaxley-Lennon (33) from Bedfordshire, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday), where he entered a not guilty plea to one count of assault by beating.

The court was told the alleged assault happened at the prison on July 16 last year.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:15

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Church leaders condemn far-right group’s ‘Christian’ march

Church leaders from across Britain have condemned a far-Right group for using Christianity as a pre-text for marching through a Muslim area of Luton.

Britain First recently held a “Christian Patrol” in the Bedfordshire town, with members claiming to defend “Christian values” while carrying crosses and handing out anti-Islam pamphlets.

The group, led by former British National Party councillor Paul Golding, declares its commitment to “the maintenance of British national sovereignty, independence and freedom” and for a return to “Christian culture”.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 23:27

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REVEALED: Full scale of police operation on day of English Defence League rally

A RALLY by a far right group which attracted just over 80 people was policed by 800 officers at a cost to the taxpayer of at least £300,000, it has been revealed.

New figures, released after a Freedom of Information request to West Yorkshire Police, show the full scale of the police operation when the English Defence League protest took place last month in Bradford city centre.

Thirteen police forces provided assistance on the day, and the policing effort included 45 West Yorkshire Police vehicles.

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Calls to far right group to stay away

A statement against the English Defence League’s demo in Preston next month has been backed by some of the biggest names in the city.

The post on Facebook claims the EDL will “express views which we consider to be hateful and divisive to all our communities”.

It was posted on the page Preston Unity ahead of the EDL’s proposed demonstration in Preston on February 20. The far right group describes Preston as ‘another creeping Sharia city’ and references claims in national newspapers that parts of Preston are ‘no-go’ area for non-Muslims. 

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 13:39

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Joshua Bonehill-Paine jailed for more than three years for inciting hatred against Jews

A white supremacist has been jailed for three years and four months following his conviction of inciting racial hatred after he published antisemitic material.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine was described in court as “an extremist” who had expressed “virulently racist views in respect to the Jewish community”.

He had been arrested ahead of a planned neo-Nazi rally which was due to take place at the heart of the Jewish community in Golders Green, north-west London, in July.

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