Britain First leader Paul Golding who is accused of intending to stir up hatred appeared in court in Ballymena today and was released on continuing bail over Christmas

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Britain First leader Paul Golding poses for a picture for one of his supporters at Ballymena Magistrates Court following a previous appearance. Picture – North East News.

 

BRITAIN First leader Paul Golding has been granted continuing bail over Christmas in connection with charges accusing him of intending to ‘stir up hatred’.

He is charged with two counts of being in ‘possession of matter which intended to stir up hatred/arouse a fear’.

Golding is further charged with one count of ‘displaying written material which was threatening, abusive or insulting intending thereby to stir up hatred or arouse fear’.

A fourth charge accuses him of publishing ‘written material which was threatening, abusive or insulting, intending thereby to stir up hatred or arouse fear’.

The charges relate to October 20 and October 24 this year.

The 36-year-old whose address was given as Shore Crescent in Belfast appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court today.

He originally appeared on the charges in mid-November.

The charges followed his arrest on Wednesday 24 October in connection with alleged incidents relating to the Ballymena area on October 20 and October 24.

Golding had visited Ballymena at the time in relation to the Far Right group which he leads.

Britain First has held rallies in the town.

Golding spoke at the first rally but his police bail conditions prevented him from attending the second rally.

Britain First came to the town at a time when tensions had increased regarding aspects of foreign migration to Ballymena.

Following the November court appearance, Golding was released on £500 bail with conditions which included not being allowed within 500 metres of any parade, protest or public demonstration in Northern Ireland.

He was also barred from Ballymena apart from attending court and he was not to be at Dunsilly car park near Antrim between 5-10pm on Saturdays.

That is believed to be a reference to a bus service from Romania which had a drop off point there.

Golding was not to be in possession of any material which could stir up hatred and was not to distribute any such leaflets.

He was bailed to the address at Shore Crescent and had to report to police once a week and he was allowed to travel to England if he contacted police in advance.

Back at court on Thursday, Golding waited in the public gallery for a time before his case was called.

He was accompanied by a man who was wearing a coat with Britain First insignia on it and large letters on the back saying ‘BFD’.

Golding was briefly in the dock as a prosecution lawyer told the court the full file in the case has yet to be received.

“The only thing missing is the interview summary,” she said.

She said the file was expected to be completed soon.

A co-accused, with a different address at Shore Crescent in Belfast, was also in court on Thursday.

Lee Daniel Brown (28), is charged with displaying written material intending to stir up hatred and two further charges of distributing written material intending to stir up hatred in the Moat Road area of Ballymena.

Both he and Golding were released on continuing bail and the case was adjourned until January.

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