Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Bolton News and The Guardian cover the far right anti-mosque protest over planning permission granted by the local council for the building of a mosque in Grecian Street, Bolton.

The ‘Stop the mosque’ campaign, which organised the campaign, protested outside Bolton Town Centre.

The campaign organiser, Bryn Morgan, told the Bolton News: “This is not a racist protest, we are not vilifying the Muslim community, they are actually a bit of an unfortunate target because Labour are so busy trying to please the Muslim voters.

“We chose to have the protest here to demonstrate against the council, we didn’t want to go to the mosque because we don’t want the Muslim community to feel threatened,” he added.

Morgan’s claims not to be supporting a “racist” protest or “vilifying the Muslim community” will come as news to those familiar with his previous campaign against the Astley Bridge mosque in Bolton some years ago, as well as those knowledgeable about his BNP background.

Having been granted planning permission by Bolton Council in July 2014, the applicants, Taiyabah Mosque, were faced with considerable anti-Muslim hostility by individuals connected to the ‘Stop The Astley Bridge Mosque’ campaign.

The abuse included threats to “torch” and “blow up” the mosque posted on the ‘Stop The Astley Bridge Mosque’ Facebook page. The council meeting at which the planning application was approved descended into chaos after anti-mosque protestors disrupted the proceedings and in a related incident, a man who had attended a North West Infidels protest against the mosque held in August 2014 was convicted for racially abusing a group of Asian menfrom atop a bus after the protest ended.

The ‘Stop the Astley Bridge Mosque’ Bolton campaign was led by Bryn Morgan, and the August 2014 protest organised by the North West Infidels was “enthusiastically” promoted by Morgan’s group.

Morgan himself has a background in BNP activism though has not been averse to co-operating with other far right groups against Muslims.

In an excerpt from a speech delivered in May 2014, following the BNP’s routing in the European parliament elections that year, Morgan said:  “I’ve stood with various different factions prior to being involved with the BNP”, he told the audience. “It’s no secret that I stood with the English Defence League, I stood with the North West Infidels. I stood with various factions that tried to take a fight to the left wing, to the Muslims, out on the streets.”

Islamophobia Watch, which has documented Morgan’s tactical far right alliances, reported he and members of the BNP “joined “various patriotic organisations, such as the National Front” in an anti-mosque protest in Bolton on 5 July. The BNP even posted a video of the demonstration which featured Bryn Morgan denouncing the capitulation of Labour politicians to Islam while standing next to an NF banner displaying the Fourteen Words – a Hitler-inspired, white-power slogan coined by a convicted far-right terrorist. BNP supporters were also urged to support the Infidels’ demonstration on 2 August “to make your voice heard against yet another step towards the Islamification of Great Britain”.”

Little surprise really that the Bolton protest at the weekend saw far right protestors “raising their hand in [Nazi] salute as they held signs stating “no more mosques”.”
The London Evening Standard and the Metro report on the sighting of “racist” mock Pokémon stickers featuring various British Muslims, including the Mayor of London, at bus stops, cashpoints and at tube stations in the capital.

The stickers, dubbed ‘Pakémon’ bear a twist on the popular game’s catchphrase “Gotta catch ’em all” with the subtext “Gotta catch and deport them all.”

The stickers feature the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is named “HamasKhan” and dubbed “the most dangerous Pakémon”.

The Pakémon sticker states Khan “believes that Londoners should learn to accept Islamic terrorism while he is mayor.” The sticker claims a value of catching the Pakémon as “200 terror points”.

Another sticker features Jordan Horner, the Muslim convert who was sentenced for harassing individuals as part of a ‘Muslim patrol’ in east London in January 2013.

Horner was also handed a five year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) banning him from distributing material about shari’ah law to the public and from associating with Anjem Choudary, of Muslims Against Crusades.

A further sticker features a group of Asian men and is titled “Paedostani”. The sticker claims the value of “50 terror points”.

The stickers came to light when an unnamed commuter spotted some of them at Borough tube station.
British Transport Police confirmed the sightings of the stickers and said the matter was being “investigated thoroughly”.

BTP have urged Londoners to report any further sightings.

A spokesman said: “British Transport Police is committed to preventing incidents of hate crime and prejudice and all incidents of this nature are investigated thoroughly.

“Everyone has the right to travel on the rail network without fear or intimidation. Racially or religiously motivated crime will simply not be tolerated.”

The Hull Daily Mail reports on the trial of an Armed Forces officer who is alleged to have told a taxi driver he had “killed P***s in Iraq” before assaulting him.

Leon Salter, 26, is on trial at Hull Crown Court charged with criminal damage and racially aggravated grievous bodily harm. Salter admitted causing damage but denied assaulting and racially abusing Muhammad Sajid, owner of Beeline Taxis.

The court heard Salter had walked into Beeline Taxis around 1.50am on 5 July 2015. He had booked a taxi but became “angry” on learning other customers had taken it.

CCTV footage from Beeline Taxis played in court showed Salter “remonstrating with an employee in the office, ripping a handle off the door to the staff area, and pulling a metal grill off the small window between the staff and customer rooms.”

Salter then allegedly got into Mr Sajid’s car after it pulled up, and assaulted him when Mr Sajid refused to take him, having been told he caused the damage to the office.

Mr Sajid said Salter became aggressive, calling him a “f****** w*****” and “a “P**i” before telling him he was in the Armed Forces, and had “killed a lot of P***s before.”

Mr Sajid said Salter showed him tattoos on his arm and said “I’m in the Army, I killed a lot of P***s before.”

Mr Sajid is alleged to have sustained injuries to his eye and suffered a fractured cheekbone in the assault. He claims Salter pushed him causing him to stagger and stumble.

Salter denies causing the injuries saying Mr Sajid was hurt when he “lashed out with his elbow to get away after Mr Sajid grabbed him by his T-shirt from behind.”

Prosecutor Meghan Rees told the court: “He was angry. He caused that damage, as you know, to the inside of that office, and we say he was aggressive towards the complainant and deliberately assaulted him and racially abused him, and that’s what this case is about.”

UPDATE: Leon Salter was acquitted of the charge for racially aggravated grievous bodily harm after Recorder Christopher Smith, ruled there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation.

The Exeter Express and Echo reports on the collapse of a trial relating to an incident of alleged racial abuse and assault after the victim failed to attend court to give evidence.

Rodney Delicata, 46, was charged with a racially aggravated assault in relation to a “road rage” incident at a service station at Colyford, East Devon, involving alleged victim Jibran Khan.

Delicata, who denies using racist language and assaulting Mr Khan by beating on April 14, appeared before Exeter Magistrates Court on Monday.

But the alleged victim, Mr Khan, failed to attend.

Prosecutor Hollie Gilbery requested an adjournment from the court saying Mr Khan could not travel because his aunt had died and he was arranging the funeral.

Defending Delicata, solicitor Susan Snow, said the defence had been given no notice concerning Mr Khan’s non-appearance. She told the court Mr Delicata was “very anxious” to defend his name and that the matter had placed considerable “stress on his family.”

The magistrates were advised that if a defendant fails to attend without good reason there is a presumption that the case would continue in their absence. The chairman of the bench said: “This is a very difficult decision but we feel in the interests of justice that this trial goes ahead today.”

Exeter magistrates court refused to delay the hearing and the CPS offered no evidence in relation to the alleged racist incident. Mr Delicata was thus acquitted.

The Blackpool Gazette reports on the sentencing of a man who smacked a shopkeeper in the face because he “looked at him”.

Lee Smith, 26, was on a suspended jail sentence for brandishing knives and swords out of a window when he assaulted Gulamoyhuddin Kaduji, 30, at his Pound Zone shop in Topping Street, Blackpool.

Mr Kaduji, who has been running the store for a year and a half, told the court that he was vigilant around shoppers visiting the shop because of problems in the past with shoplifting.

Mr Kaduji said: “There are problems with shoplifting so I try to keep an eye on people. This guy started shouting at me, shouting abuse, saying he would hit me.

“Eventually he left the store. Then suddenly he ran back in and punched me in the face. It was a shock, I didn’t expect it. I was just protecting my business. My wife was in the shop and she saw everything. She got a picture of him.”

Mrs Kaduji described Smith’s language as “disgusting and awful”.

Smith admitted racially aggravated assault at Preston Crown Court last week.

The court heard that in police interview, Smith claimed he acted in “self-defence”. The court was told Smith felt as though he “were under observation” in the shop.

Judge Simon Newell sentencing Smith said: “It’s a very, very unpleasant incident, not only for Mr Kaduji and his wife but also for her (witness).”

Smith was sentenced to a rehabilitation activity requirement, a curfew, and ordered to pay £150 compensation to Mr Kaduji at £5 per week.

After the trial, Mr Kaduji said this was the first racist incident he had experienced. “You just have to brush it off, get on with it. I have a 
lot of regular customers and they are very good and supportive,” he added.

The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports on a teenager who subjected a restaurant worker to a night of “racist torment” forcing him to defend himself with “chilli powder”.

Elgin Sheriff Court heard the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sixteen at the time of the incident in April.

The teenager had been out drinking with a group of friends on Saturday 9 April when they walked into the Sunset Tandoori restaurant in Keith, Aberdeenshire where Mirza Taher works at around 11.25pm.

The teenager “became argumentative” with Mr Taher and made abusive references “regarding his ethnicity”.

A chef at the restaurant called the police but the group of youths were gone by the time police arrived.

Later, in the early hours of Sunday 10 April, at around 1.50am, the teenager was among youths who returned to the restaurant.

Mr Taher recognised the teenager from the earlier incident. The teenager again made “racial remarks” and tried to jump onto the shop counter.

“Mr Taher threw chilli powder at him and managed to get him to leave”, Fiscal Alex Swaine told the court.

The teenager was later arrested and charged but said he had no recollection of the incident. His solicitor told the court “Even though he was only 16 at the time, my client had consumed a significant amount of alcohol.”

The teenager admitted to acting in a racially aggravated manner intended to cause alarm and distress, and attempting to jump on the shop counter.

Sheriff Chris Dickson at Elgin Sheriff Court deferred sentencing for six months. He warned the teenager to observe good behaviour during that time.

He added: “The language that you used was completely unacceptable, nobody should have to face that kind of abuse.”

The Evening Times reports on the court appearance of a man who subjected staff at a Turkish barbers shop in Cambuslang, Glasgow, to a “racist tirade” of abuse.

Sean Keir, 27, “shouted, swore and uttered threats of violence” towards two employees at Turkish barbers shop, Chikos, on October 27.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Keir “repeatedly uttered offensive racial remarks” towards two employees and “threw an unknown object at the shop’s window”.

Keir, 27, admitted he acted in a racially aggravated manner at a court appearance this week.

He was placed under supervision for 18 months with a conduct requirement that he must undertake alcohol counselling.

The Hereford Times reports on the sentencing of a teenager who racially abused a Turkish takeaway worker in Leominster on 18 September.

Jamie Lock, 18, pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence and a separate public order offence at Herefordshire Magistrates this week.

The court heard Lock had walked into Hot Flames takeaway shop in West Street, Leominster and started “using racially offensive words and swear words towards a member of staff, who was a Turkish national.”

The shop staff, who were upset at Lock’s behaviour called the police.

Lock was given a nine month conditional discharge on April 12 for a section 5 public order offence, and he admitted he had breached this.

In Lock’s defence, Philip Cornell, told the court the incident in September arose out of a “misunderstanding”.  Mr Cornell said: “He had a bit to drink. He is not a racist.”

The court heard Lock had asked for some salt in the shop and was allegedly told it would cost him £5.75. Mr Cornell said Lock then went outside but came in and gave the staff “a mouthful.” The owner of the shop then shouted at Lock, Cornell added.
Herefordshire Magistrates court fined Lock £120 for the racially aggravated offence and pronounced no separate penalty for the other public order offence. Lock was also fined £60 for breaching the conditional discharge imposed in April and ordered to pay £135 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
The Evening Times reports on the community sentence imposed by Glasgow Sheriff Court on a man who smashed the break cover of a fire alarm and racially abused staff at an Indian take-away because they would not  allow him to use their phone.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Liam Evans, 23, committed the offence at halal Indian takeaway shop, Spice Routes, on Duke Street, Glasgow on February 1 2015.

Evans and a co-accused, who was not in the dock, entered the take-away and asked to use the telephone. When staff refused their request, Evans shouted at the staff: “You f**king black b*****d f*****g a*******s.”

Evans also smashed the cover of the shop’s fire alarm as he left the shop, the court heard.

Sheriff Raymond  McMenamin sentenced Evans to complete 160 hours of unpaid work in the
community within six months.

Evans faced an additional charge of failing to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court without a reasonable excuse for which he was admonished.

The Huddersfield Examiner reports on a man sentenced for racially abusing staff at a Domino’s Pizza store in Huddersfield town centre and then smearing excrement on the walls of his cell when imprisoned by officers over his conduct.

Paul Lynch, 47, went into the Domino’s Pizza store on St John’s Road on Saturday 19 November and reached over the counter to try and grab the phone.

When staff workers stopped him, Lynch called them “P**i b******s” and told them to “Go back to where you’ve come from, this is my country”.

Kirklees magistrates court heard Lynch “continued to use racist language, upsetting staff and customers, and police were called.”

When he was placed in custody by officers at Huddersfield police station, Lynch “smeared excrement over his cell.”

The court heard Lynch was moved to another cell but continued “to urinate and defecated over the cell.”

The court was told Huddersfield police station had to close off the cells for “deep cleaning” after the incident.

Lynch pleaded guilty to criminal damage and using racially-aggravated threatening behaviour. He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of being drunk and disorderly in public on October 14.

Lynch claimed he had gone into the takeaway shop because people were after him and he wanted to call the police. His behaviour in the cell was put down to feeling “he wasn’t being treated fairly.”

Lynch’s mental health problems were also noted in court.

Prosecutor Shamaila Qureshi told the court: “One staff member said he felt bad for other staff and distressed by what was said and that there was no need for it.

“Another said he was shocked, he’d lived for 12 years in England and never come across such abuse. He tried to ignore it but was upset by the words used.”

Magistrates ordered Lynch to pay £80 compensation for the damage caused to the cell at Huddersfield Police Station. He was also fined £80 and told to pay £30 victim surcharge.