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Britain First's Paul Golding Served With Court Summons During Jayda Fransen's Trial

Crisis after crisis.

02/11/2016 21:16

Britain First leader, Paul Golding, has been served notice of an alleged High Court injunction breach whilst attending the trial of deputy, Jayda Fransen.

The 34-year-old said he fears he could be jailed for six months if found guilty.

Golding was attending the trial of Fransen, 30, who is facing one charge of religiously aggravated assault, one count of failure to surrender to police bail and one count of wearing a political uniform. 

She denies the allegations.

During a lull in proceedings, Golding and Fransen recorded a video for the group’s Facebook page.

Fransen said: “I can say it is pretty intense in there. The prosecution have already called numerous witnesses some of whom have featured in footage we’ve filmed and have featured in documentaries against our movement.”

Golding then chipped in with a bombshell.

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Deputy leader of Britain First, Jayda Fransen, with leader, Paul Golding, (left) outside Luton Magistrates' Court.

He said: “Today took a very bizarre turn during the break when two big, burly police officers approached me out in the foyer outside the courtroom and said we are serving you with this.”

Golding then holds up a binder for the camera before continuing: “Now as you can see it is two inches thick with legal papers. Bedfordshire police are once again dragging us into the High Court.

“This time they’re claiming I’ve breached the High Court injunction that was foisted on us several months ago.

“Now they’re saying we’ve broken that injunction and they’re dragging us into the High Court.

“If I’m found guilty in the High Court I will go to prison for six months. It’s a fact. It’s a very serious crime, contempt of the High Court.

“I think we’re really underestimating the extent to which Bedfordshire police want to destroy this movement. It’s just one thing after another. As soon as we escape their clutches on one front, they open up another front.”

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Fransen, arrives at Luton Magistrates' Court.

All of the original charges the pair face originate from a “Christian patrol” they performed in Bury Park, Luton, in January of this year.

During the march they handed out newspapers and confronted local Muslims in what charity Tell Mama said was an “intimidating” fashion aimed at “inflaming” tensions.

As a result, in August the High Court extended an interim civil injunction against Golding and Fransen, and forbids them from: 

(a) Entering any Mosque or Islamic Cultural Centre or its private grounds within England and Wales without prior written invitation.

(b) Being within a designated exclusion zone in the Bury Park area save unless that person remains at all times within a railway carriage travelling along the railroad adjoining Luton railway station.

(c)  Causing, permitting, encouraging or inciting any person to enter or remain in designated exclusion zone in the Bury Park area save unless that person remains at all times within a railway carriage travelling along the railroad adjoining Luton railway station.

(d) Publishing, broadcasting, distributing or displaying, or causing or encouraging to be published, broadcast, distributed or displayed, any images or films showing any person or event, on a date after the making of this order, within designated exclusion zones in the Bury Park and Town Centre areas.

(e) Entering a designated exclusion zone in the Town Centre area save in accordance with paragraph 1 (g) below.

(f) Causing, permitting, encouraging or inciting any person to enter or remain in the designated exclusion zone in the Town Centre area save in accordance with paragraph 1 (g) below.

(g) The Respondents are permitted to enter a designated area in the Town Centre for the purposes of, and only for the purposes of, attending hearings at Luton Magistrates Court and Luton Crown Court at which they are required to attend as defendants in criminal proceedings. They are also permitted to instruct legal representatives to attend such hearings. The Respondents must give the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police advanced written notice of all such attendances by 5pm on the working day before the relevant hearing.

In a statement, Bedfordshire Police said: “[We] today (Wednesday) served a civil notice against Britain First organiser Paul Golding in connection with a suspected breach of an injunction agreed on 11 August, which relates to Mr Golding’s activities around mosques.

“The alleged breach relates to an incident in Cardiff on 20 August, and Bedfordshire Police has worked closely with South Wales Police to investigate the matter. Mr Golding will appear before the High Court of Justice in London on 15 December.”

The incident in question saw the Al-Manar Islamic Centre in Cathays lodge a complaint after members of Britain First accused an Imam of being a “radical preacher”.

Golding insists he did not breach the injunction as he did not himself enter the mosque.

He has already been fined £450 in relation to the Luton march for “wearing a uniform with political objectives” under the Public Order Act 1936, a law originally enacted to tackle Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, also known as the ‘Blackshirts’.

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