Britain First leader Paul Golding arrested outside Jayda Fransen trial

Paul Golding claims to have been arrested outside a court in Belfast

Paul Golding claims to have been arrested outside a court in Belfast

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Britain First leader Paul Golding claims he has been arrested by police in Northern Ireland while he attended the trial of colleague Jayda Fransen.

Golding claims to have been detained by PSNI officers at Laganside Court, Belfast this morning (December 14).

He says he was there to "support" Fransen, who is facing charges relating to a speech given in Belfast earlier this year. However it appears he was arrested over the same speech for which Fransen is currently in court.

When asked about Golding, a PSNI spokesman told talkRADIO: "Detectives investigating speeches made at the Northern Ireland Against Terrorism Rally on Sunday August 6 this year have arrested a 35-year-old man today, Thursday December 14 in the Belfast area.

"He has been taken to Musgrave PSNI Station for interview.

"There are no further details at this stage."

Blocked from Twitter

Fransen also claims that, in her trial, the court has applied for bail conditions which would block her from speaking in public or using social media.

"I'm a politician, this is our bloody country," she said. "If I want to criticise something, I should be free to do so.

"This is turning into an absolute police state and it needs to stop."

Britain First shot to prominence earlier this month when Donald Trump retweeted videos posted by Fransen, purporting to show crimes committing by Muslims.

However the group subsequently faced embarrassment when its leaders had to cancel a planned rally, also in Belfast, due to snow.