Far right Britain First leader Paul Golding charged with religious harassment

Golding and Fransen have long courted controversy for their extreme anti-Islam stance

Golding and Fransen have long courted controversy for their extreme anti-Islam stance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The leader of far-right group Britain First has been charged with causing religiously aggravated harassment following an investigation by Kent Police.

Paul Golding, 35, and his 31-year-old deputy Jayda Fransen were arrested on Wednesday May 10 2017.

The investigation related to the distribution of leaflets in the Thanet and Canterbury areas, and the posting of online videos during a trial held at Canterbury Crown Court the same month.

It is claimed that Golding and Fransen used the trial, whch involved several Asian defendants, as a platform to promote their message. All four defendants were subsequently convicted.

Fransen has been charged with four counts of causing religiously aggravated harassment, and Golding three counts.

Both have been bailed to appear before Medway magistrates on 17 October 2017.

Britain First has long courted controversy for its extreme anti-Islam rhetoric, and for bizarre claims such as the assertion that the Propet Mohammed was a paedophile. The group regularly runs 'Christian patrols' which are widely seen as an excuse to intimidate and attack Muslims.

Golding has already served time in jail, having been handed an eight-week sentence last December for breaching a court order forbidding him from entering a mosque.

Fransen was also found guilty of a racially motivated offence last year, and was forced to pay £2,000 for shouting abuse at a Muslim woman in a hijab.