Leader of far right group Britain First arrested in Belfast

Elias Hubbard
December 14, 2017

Fransen, 31, was flanked by a man who gestured towards cameras as she entered Laganside Courts in the city centre.

The leader of Britain First was arrested today as he arrived in Belfast to support his deputy at a trial for an "abusive speech" she allegedly gave in Northern Ireland.

Ms Fransen broke the news of his arrested on Twitter and revealed the police have also applied to the court to ban her from making public speeches and from using social media while she awaits the conclusion of her case.

THE LEADER of far-right group Britain First Paul Golding has been arrested by the PSNI in Belfast.

Fransen was thrown into the global spotlight when US President Donald Trump shared three videos she had posted on her Twitter feed. "If there is an offence she will be arrested like everyone else".

It follows comments she made at a demonstration outside Belfast City Hall in August.

A detective constable told the court she could connect the accused to the charges.

She was due to return to court on 9 January, but, before she left to return to London, police and prosecutors sought to have her banned from taking part in public rallies.

The 31-year-old was detained in London and flown to Belfast over a speech made at the rally in August.

Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) took Golding into custody on Thursday in connection with a Britain First rally this summer.

"If there is an offence she will be arrested like everyone else...the idea that she be prevented from speaking in my respectful submission is completely disproportionate".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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