The leader of Britain First, Paul Golding, has been arrested in Belfast whilst accompanying deputy leader Jayda Fransen to court, where she was due to appear over “hate speech charges”. Police confirmed that Golding was arrested by detectives “investigating speeches at the Northern Ireland Against Terrorism Rally” last August.
A police spokesman said: “Detectives investigating speeches made at the Northern Ireland Against Terrorism Rally on Sunday 6th August this year have arrested a 35-year-old man today … in the Belfast area.” He added that Golding was taken to the Musgrave Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Station. Fransen was arrested last month by the PSNI in south-east London, and currently faces two charges relating to “behavior intended or likely to stir up hatred”.
She is due to appear in court on 9/January, but before her return to London, officers sought to “have her banned from taking part in any public rallies, due to concerns there would be further offences and also concerns about public order,” police said.