Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen charged with threatening and abusive language after speech in Dublin

Monday, November 20, 2017

The deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First has been charged in Northern Ireland with using threatening and abusive language at a rally in Belfast. 

Jayda Fransen, 31, is facing court action after she gave a speech at an anti-terrorism demonstation back in August.  The lnaguage she used during the speech was deemed "anti-islamic" by the Police Service of Northen Ireland.

The leader of Britain First, Paul Golding, labelled the interrogations "ridiculous" and said that Jayda had been arrested for "no good bloody reason". 

Fransen herself has tweeted that "free speech in Britain is dead." Fransen was arrested at her home in Bromley, south east London on Saturday and was taken to Belfast for questioning. 

She said she was questioned by police for around three to four hours, and then was released once she was charged. 

Fransen posted a video on social media, apparently filmed outside Belfast City Airport. She described her arrest the Facebook live video as a "jaunt" saying that she was escorted in a police van with four officers up to Liverpool to catch a ferry. She states that she was arrested at 3.45pm, the ferry was at 10.30pm and arrived in Belfast at 6.30 in the morning.Once she was charged she was put on a plane and ordered to go straight home. 

A spokeperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said that Fransen is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on December 14.

Fransen was charged with religiously aggravated harassment in September, before being arrested for breaching the terms of her bail last month.