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posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 30 March 2013, 18:30
Despite shipping people in from across the country, today's EDL demonstration in Sunderland was another disaster.
Less than 100 people turned up in a part of the country that the EDL used to claim was its own.
Drunk and disorganised, the EDL were in Millfield to protest against a Mosque. They fought among themselves at the end of the day as people walked away from dreadful speeches before they had even finished.
Very few members of the public even saw the protest which the EDL laughably, claimed was 600 strong.
Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 30 March 2013, 17:09
For some time Antifascists have been monitoring the activities of a group of EDL activists in Sunderland who have attached themselves to the charity Help For Heroes (H4H).
The pernicious group have made life a living hell for Muslims in the city and have launched a series of campaigns against a proposed Mosque in the Millfield area. The latest protest, today, attracted 80 EDL activists from across the country. Although the EDL is waning, the hatred and racism of its remaining adherents shows no sign of abating.
One of the lead figures in the group's organisation on Facebook has used the name "Angel Unites Patriots" to make a series of disgusting and derogatory postings about Muslims while claiming to be a representative of the charity which helps members of the armed forces, regardless of their race or religion.
"Angel Unites Patriots" has regularly made postings about her behaviour towards Muslims at her place of work. Early last week we managed to trace the shop in question. The shop is "Charity's Place" on Chester Road in Millfield. Describing customers as "Muzrats" and "Muzzies", the writer has also written how she would and has, refused to help Muslim customers in what she claims, is in her capacity as a representative of the charity H4H.
The charity Help For Heroes has confirmed that it has no shop in Sunderland and in fact has only one retail shop in whole of the UK, which is in Wales.
Last Monday we identified, with the help of local friends, "Angel Unites Patriots" as Pam Branningan. When we rang the shop on Tuesday afternoon, Brannigan confirmed that she was working for the charity. When confronted with the evidence we have proving that she is also known as "Angel Unites Patriots" a lead figure in the EDL in the city and the poster of racist and Islamophobic messages on facebook, Brannigan denied that she even had the internet at home and had never been on facebook in her life.
Told that she was being disingenuous, Brannigan said she did not know what that meant, either. When it was explained to her, she confirmed that she did have a facebook account, but that she had no connections with the EDL.
She also warned that her supposed 'employers', Help for Heroes, would sue us on her behalf for any story that we did write naming and exposing her.
When we presented our research to Help For Heroes they were horrified. They also confirmed that not only is the shop not in anyway connected to them, but Brannigan is not one of their registered collectors, either.
They kindly confirmed in writing that “Help for Heroes is strictly non-political and non-critical; we simply want to help. We never allow political groups to use our logo or to associate themselves with the charity and the activity in Sunderland is certainly not sanctioned or supported by the charity.”
Today the shop was filled with EDL supporters and closed early for the EDL demonstration. Brannigan was later spotted drinking with her EDL friends prior to the demonstration. She was later involved in an altercation.
This should now lead to a number of further investigations in to the activities of the far-right, including the BNP who also have used the H4H logos when campaigning and fundraising. We would also like to hear from anyone who has more information about what happened to the allegedy £3000 the EDL collected at its Preston demonstration in November 2010 and at prior and subsequent demonstrations where EDL personnel have collected money for Help For Heroes in buckets.
Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | There are 16 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 28 March 2013, 21:58
I've been on my sick bed these past three days but I saw this little gem and it as good as worked as a tonic.
Mick White, the strange BNP stalker type from Stoke BNP posted this in January on Facebook.
I think it's safe to say he doesn't understand the meaning of irony !
No doubt we will get 500 messages now from Mr White, he likes us here at Hope Not Hate.
Posted: 28 Mar 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 22:49
One set of extremists always encourage the other extreme. The news today that the "very dangerous" Abu Qatada cannot be deported has set off the predictable cycle of threats of violence from the far-right.
Unsurprisingly, leading the way in outrage was Paul Prodromou who uses the name Paul Pitt to fit in with his racist friends.
One of Prodromou's friends is former Essex EDL man Mark McCourt, who suggests kidnapping Qatada during one of many irate and dangerous suggestions people have posted on Prodromou's Facebook wall.
Another poster is Bryan Luxton-Mayfield. Mayfield feels the use of guns and bombs could be the only way forward for the "Counter-Jihad" movement.
Luxton-Mayfield now lives in Gillingham with his wife and is a former admin for the EDL's Kent Division on facebook. He's a regular poster on the websites of Britain First and is currently demanding a demonstration in Gillingham against a proposed Mosque.
These corrupted "patriots" are in fact, just as mad, bad and dangerous as the people they think that they are opposing.
Were they Muslim teenagers however, the chances are, the police would be arresting them for what they have written.
Earlier today we read about three teenagers in Leicestershire who could well be acting on those very sort of words: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/article/2636/loughborough-teenagers-in-court-on-terrorism
Posted: 27 Mar 2013 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 08:04
Hope Not hate has written before about Jim Dowson's desire to copy everything that the BNP does, but in his own eyes, better it.
What with being banned from driving, the BNP's Adam Walker has had to curtail his activities somewhat, and this includes his "Operation Fightback" which meant Adam normally shouting into a megaphone in a carpark somewhere.
With Adam off the road it wasn't long until Dowson's Britain First launched their own "operation" of the same name.
Posted: 27 Mar 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 22 March 2013, 13:28
When I look out my window this morning all I can see is huge amounts of snow.
Baby, it's cold outside !
However, the one thing that keeps me warm on a cold day like today is knowing that last night the far right were dealt four crushing blows, with the largest being dealt in North East London.
A by election was called for the Gooshays ward on Havering Council following the death of Conservative councillor Dennis Bull.
The BNP's campaign was one of the dirtiest campaigns we have ever witnessed, threats of violence, physical intimidation and disgusting smears in their election literature saw a return of the bad old days of the BNP (Not that they ever really went away).
Mick Braun, the BNP organiser and candidate was increasingly confident of a victory in Gooshays, remember this ward had seen two previous BNP councillors, Alan Bailey and Mark Logan.
Braun imported BNP activists from the whole of London and further afield, he also imported the thugs of The South East Alliance led by Paul Prodromou should any opposition appear.
Large amounts of dubious leaflets were delivered by the BNP, most failing to mention local issues in the Havering area. The final week saw the BNP actually canvass Gooshays, something they rarely do now due to falling numbers of activists.
It was to be in vain for Braun and the BNP, the local electorate didn't like the stories of BNP intimidation reported in the local Romford Recorder. Remember, nobody likes a bully.
The result was a disaster for the BNP, finishing in fifth place with just 202 votes, just 9% of the vote. When Mark Logan won this ward for the BNP in 2008 they achieved a massive 38%, so Braun and the BNP are naturally despondent.
What will also irk the BNP is the fact that their rivals in UKIP won the seat with 39% of the vote.
What will also annoy Braun and his thugs is the fact that despite the intimidation, Hope not Hate was able to mount a full campaign, informing local residents about the evils of the BNP.
London BNP was to suffer two more disasters last night, both in the London borough of Islington.
Two by elections were called following the resignation of the sitting councillors.
In the St Georges ward, the BNP fielded veteran racist Walter Barfoot. The 80 year old former builder told his local newspaper that he “can’t campaign and I’m too old to be a councillor” and labelled the Jewish community a “bunch of string-pullers and financiers”.
The Barfoot charm offensive failed, with Walter scoring just 20 votes, finishing in last place with just 0.83% of the vote.
Over in the nearby Islington ward of Junction, the BNP fielded Gary Townsend. Gary did marginally better than his friend Walter, finishing in 5th place with a tiny 31 votes or 1.43% of the vote.
Fingers will surely be pointed at Steve Squire the BNP's London organiser who led the three disastrous election campaigns and for allowing such a dirty campaign to take place in Havering.
The English Democrats continue to drop off the political radar, with yet another humiliating result, this time in the Adeyfield West ward of Dacorum council.
Simon Deacon, a former BNP and National Front parish councillor was the English Democrat candidate.
Deacon finished yet again in last place with just 51 votes, just 4.6% of the vote.
It may be cold outside, but the feeling I get from writing this blog leaves me feeling all warm inside.
Hope not Hate would like to thank all those people who played their part in the HNH campaign to defeat the BNP in Gooshays. We love you all !
Posted: 22 Mar 2013 | There are 11 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Thursday, 21 March 2013, 21:30
Sometimes it's hard to be a fascist. There's just so few of you, but so many different groups going around, how are you ever to make yourself stand out?
One of the big problems is also how you are meant to recognise a fellow traveller. Former BNP organiser Gary Raikes has decided to make it simple: Design a uniform so that lads and lasses of the persuasion can identify each other more easily.
Now running the "New British Union", Raikes is selling this fetching uniform to his followers via facebook. Seriously! They have serious designs on.... power?
The group declares that "at the present uniforms will be only worn in private meetings or at private events", so the chances of seeing someone dressed like this at the food counter at Sainsbury's is slim. However, if you do attend a friend's party and there's a lot of people hanging around in the kitchen dressed like this, you'll know it's a fascist party.
Gary's been desperate for a bit of publicity since he quit Britain First last year to start his Blitzkrieg flop.
Now he's been made to look a complete idiot, perhaps he'll stop sending us information by second class post?
Posted: 21 Mar 2013 | There are 18 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 21 March 2013, 14:06
If you thought things couldn't get any worse for Robin Tilbrook and The English Democrats think again !
One of its leading members and candidates from the West Midlands has been caught denying The Holocaust
Frank O'Brien, a former BNP candidate defected to the English Democrats a couple of years ago following disastrous election results for the BNP.
To join the English Democrats, Tilbrook claims the former BNP members have had to change their ways.
Not so Frank O'Brien it seems who posted a lengthy diatribe on Facebook calling The Holocaust "A Myth".
Here is his disgusting posting in full:
If you think branding me as a so called Holocaust denier – Nazi – a racist - Cliff will shut me up from stating facts – supplied by honest Jewish historians! - You are wrong my friend!
In every instance, Jews have used the Myth of the Holocaust to advance their objectives. The goyim were inundated with stories and movies of “the extermination” of the Jews. Anne Roiphe wrote, in “Generation without a Memory,” p. 62, “When gas became costly and ran short, they threw the infants and children directly into burning ovens.” She fails to tell us what sort of fuel the Germans were using for their “burning ovens”. The Jews continually wrote of the “modern technology” which had enabled the Germans to dispose of millions of Jews, and invariably, the sole illustration of this “technology” was a pair of small ovens which seemed a relic of the nineteenth century, and which could have disposed of only a few bodies a day. A crematorium requires a temperature of 2200 degrees Fahrenheit for the first ninety minutes, and then 1800 degrees for from sixty to one hundred fifty minutes, and even this does not burn bones. Lacking fuel supplies, the Germans could not even have provided the necessary fuel to embark on any program of burning victims. In the camps, the Jewish inmates assumed complete charge of their administration. The “Nazi hunter”, Simon Weisenthal, - also a Gestapo agent - is on record as saying “There were no gas chambers World War II” Because of the many atrocities committed by the Jewish-directed Allies, not only the firestorm incineration of German civilians in many German cities, but the incineration of hundreds’ of thousands of Japanese civilians in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Operation Keelhaul, the murder of one million anti-Communist Russians who were ordered handed over to the Soviet executioners by Eisenhower, and many other horrors, it was necessary to invent a German atrocity which would eclipse these horrors. The “extermination” of the Jews in gas chambers seemed made to order.
It was to obscure the real atrocities of World War II that the Myth of the Jewish Holocaust was invented. 14,000 Polish officers murdered in the Katyn Forest by Stalin, was passed of as a Jewish massacre Indeed, the basic purpose of the invention of the Holocaust Myth was to prevent Soviet Russia from being embarrassed by any mention of the Katyn Forest massacre at the Nuremberg Trials. Roosevelt’s pro-Communist regime battled valiantly to assist Russia in covering up the Katyn horror. I could go on and on, but people with your mindset Cliff have an agenda, people like me will go on proving you as false!!
We call on Robin Tilbrook to immediately expel Frank O' Brien from The English Democrats and to distance himself from Frank O'Brien's disgusting statement.
Posted: 21 Mar 2013 | There are 13 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Thursday, 21 March 2013, 13:37
It’s a big week for begging emails. The English Dems kicked it off by telling me it was my duty as an Englishman to give them ten of my English pounds. They’d actually do a lot better if they charged people leaving the party a tenner a time.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Chair of the ED in Eastleigh could cope no longer with the humiliation of the party in the recent By-election there, and he’s joined UKip. It appears the ED have a three way leak with other members heading back to the BNP or into the recently formed British Democratic Party (BDP). So let's see what the ED do about this delightful chap.
These must be exciting times for the BDP. Their President, Andrew Brons MEP, recently told an interviewer that he had been attacked by Hope Not Hate supporters brandishing spears and arrow heads… I know Brons is old, but…. Keeping up the aged theme he also lamented the average age of the party membership is probably not conducive to mass political campaigning. It’s nice to know he reads my column..
The BDP recently gave column space to “veteran nationalist” Richard Edmonds. “Veteran nationalist” is code for “old Nazi” in the world of far-right politics, and Edmonds is nothing if not old and Nazi.
Despite being in the supposedly rival National Front, it’s no secret that Edmonds and co are seriously considering jumping that sinking ship for the BDP. To endure a swift and bloodless departure from the NF, they have some sausage rolls and tinned pineapple chunks laid on for a discussion later this month.
Richard’s article is about racism. As far as I recall from the years I spent in his company, writing is not Richard’s forte. Richard’s strength has always been his ability to stand for hours ranting about blacks, Asians and Jews. During the 1980’s he was temporarily put in charge of editing the Nazi magazine Spearhead when its Editor, John Tyndall, was sent to prison for of all things, inciting racial hatred through his writings.
Edmonds had to wait until 1993 before he could be sentenced for racism. He was arrested at that time, standing on a street corner ranting and raving, when a black man had a glass thrust into his face.
The crux of Richard’s article is to refute that racism is bad when it is levelled against people of his political ilk. He then names a series of white people who have been the victims of hate crime, including racism. “Who remembers..” asks Richard, reeling out the names of the victims he says that no white person should forget. Except, Richard, 'Chris Donal' from said list is according to my research, a stamp collector from Detroit, who is very much alive.
Is it any wonder that the poor family and parents of Kriss Donald describe the far-right constantly trying to profit on their son’s death as an “insult”?
No, of course not.
Far-right insults come in many guises. Here is an excellent recent radio interview with the BNP’s Marlene Guest, who still seems to struggle with the concept of not only her party’s racism, but also, still, the Holocaust.
Marlene has been insulted herself more than most of late. The rest of the BNP ignored her Rotherham demonstration last weekend to the point where even Marlene probably wishes she did not turn up to it too. Marlene’s still smarting after being overlooked for the job as the BNP’s number one candidate for the Yorkshire and Humberside region at next year’s Euro elections.
Not wishing to fuel any particular fire, or promote fascism, I have decided not to link to a particular BNPTV video where the proposed number one candidate, Adam Walker, from the North East, interviews former Barnsley By-election candidate Enis Dalton and the two concur that the BNP’s real strength in the election is having a local candidate...
But my one tip for Marlene is to use dial 141 before dialling party officials for one of her infamous “chats”.
What with their leader Jim Dowson unable to use either the telephone or the internet after a Belfast court issued strict bail conditions, his mini-me Paul Golding has really grown into the role, if not the suit, that comes with fronting Dowson’s English National Resistance.
With Dowson obviously not available to monitor Golding’s activities, Golding took the opportunity to borrow some (short) jeans and join his fellow Aryan warrior Paul Prodromou in harassing an Imam in Crayford, Kent.
Readers may recall Prodromou as the angry “local” of Gooshays infamy. Golding and Prodromou were at the Mosque in Crayford, by all accounts, to “defend” the rights of women. Dowson would be proud, he often stands outside of family planning clinics abusing women in defence of their “rights” too.
And, finally. David Jones. A challenging individual with electoral ambitions that we have mentioned before, has come up with a winner for this year’s elections. He wants to drug, abuse and bribe the electorate!
Posted: 21 Mar 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 19:21
Just what is it about weapons and violence that fascinates EDL members?
Maybe the answer is that your average EDL member is just a violent racist idiot.
For example, here we have Richard Schultz of Farnborough EDL.
His weapon of choice appears to be an axe.
Wonder what Hampshire Police will say Richard?
Posted: 20 Mar 2013 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 17:03
Following on from my earlier blog about two prominent fascists harassing an elderly local Imam at one of Crayfords Mosques I wrote that the English National Resistance planned to return to the Mosque on Friday.
They have now announced they intend to hold a demo in Crayford on April 6th, no doubt with the local Mosque in mind.
It seems that their main complaint about this Mosque is that men and women have separate entrances.
Posted: 20 Mar 2013 | There are 12 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 13:59
Locals had to witness disgraceful scenes yesterday as two prominent fascists harassed a local Imam at one of Crayfords Mosques.
Paul Golding, leader of the Britain First Party and Paul Prodromou, leader of the thuggish South East Infidels turned up at the Mosque yesterday on Crayford High Street and confronted the elderly Imam as he was entering the building.
The English National Resistance, an umbrella organisation set up by the BFP, SEA along with Robin Tilbrook of the English Democrats have promised to return to the Mosque on Friday at 1pm.
They will be fully aware the Mosque will be busy at that time due to Friday prayers.
Posted: 20 Mar 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 16 March 2013, 14:47
Notorious idiot Darren Clifft, who is a supporter of Norwegian child killer and terrorist Anders Breivik has joined the BNP at their anti-Muslim demonstration in Rotherham today.
Often known as "Klanman", Clifft claims to actually works with young young children!
Hope Not Hate profiled him in depth last year
Posted: 16 Mar 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 15 March 2013, 13:25
Another week, another disaster for the BNP at the ballot box.
This week, the attention switched to the Camden Borough Council ward of Gospel Oak, where a by election was called following the resignation of Labour councillor Sean Birch.
The BNP has had some shocking results recently and last night didn't buck their downward trend.
Stephen Reid Dorman, the BNP candidate managed a laughable 57 votes and finished once again in last place, that equates to just 2.68% of the vote.
Posted: 15 Mar 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Matthew Collins | on: Thursday, 14 March 2013, 23:32
Over a month ago I broke the news that Paul Weston was considering a return to his own peculiar brand of politics.
Weston finally got round to making it official last week by registering Liberty GB as a political party. Since then, the eight remaining people in the British Freedom Party, the party he deserted, have been arguing whether the party that Weston dumped still exists.
Unlike others, we do not debate with fascists. But the answer is yes, it's been dead for ages, you silly little boys.
Weston's "Liberty" is just that. It reminds one of the Dennis Waterman character from the sketch show Little Britain. It appears Weston really has written the theme tune, sung the theme tune etc, etc for his new party. Still, it's the same old hymn sheet as before. Muslims are bad. Really, really bad etc, etc.
Someone over at the BNP left a can of cider out during the week and it appears a whole host of them had a large swig of it. Jack Dandelion tackled the appalling subject of female genital mutilation with the usual BNP sensitivity. You know it is going to end badly when a teenager using an apparent nom de plume opens with "as far as I am aware...." when talking about the outrageous mutilation of a woman's body.
From there it went even further downhill. Needless to say, Dandelion managed to say Muslims are bad, Muslims are evil and that Stalin himself has a grip on Westminster. Unsurprisingly, there was no sympathy or in fact, very little at all about the victims of genital mutilation because they are in the most part, Muslims and Stalin is to blame...
Another article on the BNP's website referred to their London Organiser, Steve Squire, as "popular"! There was no name on the article, but that only proves that Squire is slightly more canny than young Kevin Layzell.
Over in Europe, it seems some BNP members come unstuck on Wednesday in their hired mini bus on their way over to visit Nick Griffin. While some may be happy that they are shaken but not hurt, spare a thought for poor Clive "Rodney" Jefferson, who upon hearing there had been an accident, by all accounts rifled through his filing cabinet to see if he could be of any assistance in doing some of that "sensitive but vital work" upon which the BNP so relies these days.
Of course, our man in Europe shall be making sure that those who are on this little junket are all accounted for properly and not being snuck onto the EU's meal ticket as Mr Griffin's constituents.
With the Mayoral elections in Doncaster approaching, the BNP's other worry is that still the party has no candidate selected. By all accounts the lack of candidate has got those up at the BNP's offices in Wigton finally uniting, if only to stick the knife in the back of the hapless Alwyn Deacon.
No such problem in finding candidates for the British Democratic Party (BDP), English Democrats and UKip however. Although Griffin claims he is not bothered by the supposed threat of either the BDP or the ED, he's been dusting off his dirty tricks department with regard to the UKip threat.
And finally, hood-wearing hero Darren Clift has complained about our article about him. Diddums.
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 9 March 2013, 16:28
Well, after all the bluster from the Nazis that have converged on Swansea it appears their tiny show of strength has come to an end.
To catch up a little, the assorted rabble was placed on a bus and transported to their demonstration point, The National Waterfront Museum, where they were allowed a short time to wave their Nazi flags and throw a few Nazi salutes to each other.
A few families with children visiting the nearby leisure centre looked on with horror and confusion as the booze fueled brigade of boneheads achieve nothing apart from making themselves look a little stupid.
The Nazis were heavily outnumbered by very noisy anti fascists to the ratio of 5:1.
As soon as the Nazi-Fest had started it was over and the collection of racists made their way to the Railway Inn on Siloh Road close to the Liberty Stadium.
Later, Blood and Honour will be hosting a Nazi concert in the area, A tribute to the racist band Violent Storm who had four members of the band killed in a car crash in 1992.
Posted: 9 Mar 2013 | There are 10 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 9 March 2013, 13:12
The bus is here to transport the nazis to their demo point.
About 70 in total, isn't it funny how all these Nazi boneheads look alike ? You can't tell one from the other.
Posted: 9 Mar 2013 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 9 March 2013, 12:41
The huge WPWW event in Swansea has seen the Nazi numbers swell from 25 to 40 with a few stragglers and rag tag Nazis turning up from the Liverpool area.
A few more familiar faces, Darren Clifft has arrived, but has obviously thought better of wearing his fancy dress outfit today.
Shane Calvert, the tiny Nazi wannabe from Blackburn is here, complete with his standard gelled down hair, desperately trying to hide his fast receding hair line.
From Liverpool is Michael Kearns aka Mayo. He has been telling those in earshot how he hates Infidel leader John "Snowy" Shaw and how Snowy has surrendered from the movement.
Posted: 9 Mar 2013 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 9 March 2013, 11:47
Reports coming in that only 25 assorted Nazis have shown their faces at the White Pride march in Swansea today.
One of those spotted was the slightly unhinged Nazi dreg Darren Clifft, who promised to go to the event in full Ku Klux Klan regalia.
Good luck with that one Dazzler !
Posted: 9 Mar 2013 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 8 March 2013, 15:54
A former organiser for the English Defence League has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of firearm offences.
Police discovered a Webley pistol, ammunition, CS gas and amphetamines following a raid on the house of Paul Duffy in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
Prosecution told Newcastle Crown Court that the gun, which had been manufactured in Italy and adapted in the UK, was tested by experts who confirmed it had “lethal potential.”
The bullets were also live and capable of firing.
Paul Duffy, 47, told police he was looking after the gun in order for a drug debt to be paid off.
Duffy admitted possessing a prohibited firearm, live rounds of ammunition, a prohibited weapon and a small amount of amphetamine.
Judge Brian Forster told him: “Anyone who has in their possession a prohibited firearm commits a very serious offence.
“Parliament has decided that judges must impose a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment in such cases and the reason is clear.
“There must be a deterrent sentence to ensure that people do not take such weapons into their possession.
“Weapons such as this are usually carried in offences of robbery.
“While they are carried there is a real risk of death or serious injury to those who may be the victims of such crime.”
Paul Duffy, a convicted Heroin dealer, along with his younger brother Peter ran the North East region for the EDL until a violent split saw the two brothers breakaway and form the North East Infidels.
Posted: 8 Mar 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 8 March 2013, 13:13
You may remember I wrote at the start of the week regarding Swansea based BNP activist Joshua Wren and his online exploits.
You can read more about that here
Well, South Wales Police have informed Hope not Hate that Joshua Wren has been arrested and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.
I'd call that a result !
Posted: 8 Mar 2013 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 7 March 2013, 14:01
I love a bit of far right hypocrisy, it warms my cockles on a cold day like today.
Yesterday, troubled EDL leader Stephen Lennon aka Tommy Robinson told the local media in Luton how he intended to turn his tanning salon into a headquarters for the EDL, declaring he will run it as a charity.
I couldn't help but notice the name of the salon has changed, it used to be called tanning@unit2 however it now appears to be called Minushka Tan.
I thought that sounded a little Eastern European, so I checked and found they are now a tanning salon that specifically caters for the local Polish population.
Great stuff, however Lennon and the EDL have frequently spoken out against Poles and other Eastern Europeans coming to the UK, in their eyes stealing British jobs.
For those wondering, the blog title translates as Welcome to Luton and thank you Tommy !
Posted: 7 Mar 2013 | There are 11 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 6 March 2013, 22:15
Oh dear, it's facepalm time again for the BNP.
Today the BNP front group, The British Veterans Group led by the BNP's North East organiser Pete Molloy, held a demonstration outside the Argentine Embassy in London.
Their intent was to protest regarding the Argentine claim that the Falkland Islands sovereignty is that of the South American country. not the UK.
The staff at the embassy were said to be a little confused at the presence of such a tiny demonstration.
We counted five protestors in total, or as they would say in downtown Buenos Aires...Cinco!
Posted: 6 Mar 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 4 March 2013, 11:47
A BNP member is being investigated by police after calling for a South Wales mosque to be burnt down.
Joshua Wren, a BNP member from the Swansea area posted a photograph last night of the Swansea Mosque & Islamic Community Centre on his Facebook page adding "Burn down this devil centre"
Wren removed the photograph later, but not before Hope not Hate took a screengrab and reported the matter to South Wales Police.
We will keep you informed of any further developments.
Posted: 4 Mar 2013 | There are 7 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 3 March 2013, 18:12
Yesterday, the city of Manchester had all sorts of dregs linked to the far right turn out to demonstrate under the EDL banner.
One of them is Darren Clifft, a kickboxer from the Walsall area who created an online petition to free his hero the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.
Clifft, a member of The National Front wrote on the petition "Breivik is truly inspirational. He sacrificed his life so Europe might be free again from the clutches of Islam and cultural Marxism, multiculturalism and political correctness. I see him as my role model, what every European man needs to be in order for Europe to survive."
“He’s brave, smart and intelligent. I’ve spoken to people who feel they are being pushed to the edge. I can see something similar to what Breivik did happening here in the near future.”
Posted: 3 Mar 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Sunday, 3 March 2013, 13:08
A gang of thugs from the EDL splinter South East Alliance, tried to stop people from the Trade Union movement and HNH leafletting against the BNP this morning, but failed.
SEA leader Paul Prodromou, who prefers to use the name Paul Pitt to sound more English, and seven friends tried to intimidate a car load of activists into leaving the area.
After reassuring Pitt that they were leaving, the car load joined up with 20 other activists to deliver over 2000 leaflets against the BNP in Gooshays ward, Havering.
Our people are still there now, having stopped for lunch, and are continuing to deliver Hope Not Hate right on the doorstep. Actually communicating on the doorstep with people about the true nature of the BNP's racism and fascism is what hurts them and their co-travellers the most.
Well done to all involved.
Posted: 3 Mar 2013 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 20:19
Those of you who are Trade Unionists, doctors, nurses, teachers or just decent people, should be a little happier today.
It looks as if the police have finally raided the home of Redwatch hate monger Kevin Watmough, who has for years collected and distributed the personal details of members of the public for attack by fellow fascists.
His fellow Nazis are somewhat concerned that the police took away Kevin's computers, which no doubt, will make for interesting reading.
Watmough, a vile and cowardly individual, has previously campaigned for the release of his close friend and would-be bomber and paedophile, Martyn Gilleard.
We'll keep you up to date at this develops.
Posted: 2 Mar 2013 | There are 9 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 18:01
Well, Manchester is somewhat quieter than it was earlier today.
The EDL came, as did the others little gangs of fascists who have split from them, but all in all it's hard to see what they achieved.
About 600 fascists were in Manchester but not all of them marched. Many stayed in pubs, and Liverpool EDL decided to start a fight at the train station with themselves which unsurprisingly, they lost too.
Yes, it was bigger than any other demo they've had in a while, but it also serves as a reminder to those among their number that may have forgotten, that all they ever do is get drunk, fight, get lost, get arrested and make complete idiots of themselves.
They talk a lot about their "rights" and their right to protest, but they then assault journalists and photographers because they claim they get a bad press. Not only therefore does the EDL need its collective mouth washed out with soap, it also needs a simple lesson perhaps, in PR.
15 arrests so far.
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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 14:20
This EDL "hardman" bought a UVF t-shirt on the internet and says he's gonna "deal" with us!
Wonder what he means ?
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posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 14:03
One of the problems with monitoring todays EDL demo is attempting to keep up with the myriad of far right splinters converging on the city, there are so many and their intentions are definitely not the same.
Take for instance The Northern Casuals led by Liverpools Steve Latimer.
They have no intention of demonstrating against militant Islam, in fact their intention is to attack what is left of the NWI who they have fallen out with in recent days.
Oddly enough Latimer and his crew think the NWI are too Nazi for them !!
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 13:55
The demo today in Manchester is definitely bigger than the past few.
We think there may be about 500-600 with the EDL estimating 1000.
Posted: 2 Mar 2013 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 13:37
The EDL have resorted to their old tactic off throwing smoke bombs at the police, journalists and counter protesters.
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 13:29
The EDL march has been allowed to start despite the fact they weren't supposed to be marching in the first place.
So far there have been 9 arrests, the bulk of the EDL are heading to the designated protest site, however a group of them did attempt to break away from the police, without much luck or ideas it seems.
The protest area will be just 15 metres away from the counter protest held by the UAF.
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 12:35
Just hearing that Jim Dowson, leader of the tiny Britain First group has been released on bail after being arrested yesterday for his part in organising the illegal Belfast union flag protests.
He has been released with strict bail conditions.Dowson and his entire family are not allowed to use a telephone of any kind unless in an emergency.
Dowson faces four charges of taking part in an unnotified public procession and encouraging or assisting offences, to hand over any and all of his mobile phones, any computer he has in his home and not to go within a kilometre of any parade, protest or procession.
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posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 12:35
350+ EDL are now being allowed to march.
The EDL are behaving very badly as usual, as far as we know there has been 7 arrests. As usual, photographers are being targetted.
Posted: 2 Mar 2013 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 11:57
There's about 150 EDL and their satellites in Manchester so far. The police are sending them all to the Walkabout pub in Deansgate.
So far there has been six arrests that we know of.
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posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 2 March 2013, 11:16
We have already covered the run up to today's EDL demo in Manchester.
it's do or die for the EDL today and reports so far do suggest that they have quite a few dusting off their beer bellies for one last stab at a big demonstration.
We'll try and keep this updated, but in the meantime for on the spot updates, you can follow our team on twitter @hopenothate
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 1 March 2013, 19:04
The English Democrats are on the rack. Robin Tilbrook, leader of the party won't admit this fact but the evidence is clear to see.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago how the Southend branch of the English Democrats, led by Stuart Freeman have defected to the BNP, despite the fact they originally left the BNP for the English Democrats in the first place.
Then I wrote about Steve Uncles, who just can't help make himself and the party look idiotic. This appears to happen whenever the feckless Uncles opens his stupid mouth. This became apparent when Steve Uncles had his personal website removed by the hosting company as it violated their terms of service.
Last night, the English Democrats reached an all time low, being humiliated in not one but two by elections.
First up was the highly publicised Eastleigh parliamentary by-election caused by the resignation of the sitting Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne.
Tilbrook was convinced by Uncles to stand his close friend Michael Walters as their candidate, despite the fact he lives two hours away in Kent.
Aided by English Democrat celebrity couple Claudia Dalgliesh and the ex BNP elections guru Eddy Butler their campaign never passed the first hurdle, which clearly showed when the returning officer read out the results.
Walters finished in an embarrassing 12th place receiving just 70 votes which equates to a miniscule 0.17% of the vote.
He was even beaten by political heavyweights such as Ray Hall from the Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party, Howling Laud Hope of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and David Bishop of the Elvis Loves Pets Party..... Well done Michael Walters.
Not as well publicised but equally as embarrassing last night was the English Democrats performance in The Wirrall.
Neil Kenny was the English Democrat candidate fighting to win the vacancy in the Pensby Thingwall ward of Wirral Borough Council.
Kenny managed to finish in last place (6th of 6) with just 53 votes which is just 1.45% of the total vote cast. Still at least he did better than Michael Walters !
Another by-election Tilbrook won't be shouting to loudly about is the Adeyfield West Ward for Dacorum Borough Council on the 21st of March.
The candidate here is a familiar face, Simon Deacon, one time parish councillor for the Nazi National Front and BNP. Good to see the English Democrats sticking with their fallacy of not fielding racist candidates.
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