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Paul Golding's Sponsored Jail Sentence Raises £3,000 For The Refugee Council

This is glorious.

18/12/2016 16:57 GMT | Updated 18/12/2016 20:34 GMT

The appeal set up to sponsor Paul Golding’s eight week jail term has raised £3,000 for The Refugee Council.

The former Britain First leader was locked up last week after admitting breaching the terms of a High Court injunction.

Satirical news site, The Rochdale Herald, then took the opportunity to create a Just Giving page allowing the public to donate to the worthy cause, which is the antithesis of everything the far-right group stands for.

Just Giving
The appeal is aiming to raise "five faasand paands".

You can donate here.

The page reads:

Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page.

Paul Golding, the former leader of the extreme-right ‘political party’ Britain First has sportingly agreed to spend eight weeks at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in a bid to raise five faasand paands for The Refugee Council.

Please show Paul how much you appreciate his efforts by digging deep and donating as much as you can afford for this worthwhile cause.

The Editor of The Rochdale Herald said: “2016 has been a God-awful year for many reasons.

“We hope that this restores faith in humanity for the many decent people who appear to form the silent majority - it certainly has for us. A huge thank you to all those who have donated so generously.

“May they be rewarded at the very least with a chuckle.

“The Rochdale Herald wish all those who are separated from their homes and families a very Happy Christmas, including of course Paul, without whom this would never have been possible.”

Golding, 34, stepped down from his position at the helm of the far-right group last month, handing the role to deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, citing “personal family issues”.

He had pleaded guilty to the charge.

The group posted the news on their Facebook page, in a post that wrongly called Golding “Britain First leader”.

In sentencing Golding, Judge Moloney said: “There can be no doubt that he thereby broke the injunction by instructing or encouraging those men to enter the mosque.

“Such an injunction is granted to prevent serious anti-social behaviour. This particular injunction was granted not merely to protect certain individuals but to preserve public order in the widest sense and throughout the country.

“The conduct restrained was by its nature of an extreme kind, calculated to increase tensions between different members of the community of this country, particularly to affront the Muslim community in relation to their religion.

“Such conduct was plainly calculated to give rise to the risk of provocation and violence and further extremism and tension on all sides of the community.

“These are most serious matters at the present time.”