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Britain First leader charged over speech at rally in Belfast

Britain First leader charged over speech at rally in Belfast
Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen were both quizzed by detectives in Belfast (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

The leader of Britain First has been charged over remarks he made during a speech at a rally in Northern Ireland.

Paul Golding was arrested by detectives in Belfast while he was in court supporting deputy leader Jayda Fransen at her own hearing.

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Minutes after her appearance at the court in the city on Thursday, Fransen was re-arrested for questioning about a suspected offence in the city earlier this week.

It relates to a video in which she criticised Islam while standing at a wall used to divide Catholics and Protestants during the Troubles.

Golding, 35, has been charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ court on January 10.

Britain First leader charged over speech at rally in Belfast
Both are also facing separate legal action in England (Picture: PA)

Fransen, 31, was appearing in court charged with behaviour intended or likely to stir up hatred at the same Nothern Ireland Against Terrorism rally.

Both members of the far-right group were escorted from the court building to a city centre police station for interview.

After her hearing, Fransen, from Anerley in south east London, took to Twitter to condemn the ‘nonsense charge’, adding: ‘I criticise Islam and now they want to send me to prison for two years.’

She had been released on bail and warned not to go within 500 metres of any demonstration or parade in Northern Ireland as part of the conditions.

Britain First leader charged over speech at rally in Belfast
Golding had attended court in Belfast to support Fransen (Picture: Getty)

Both Fransen and Golding also face separate legal action in England.

Fransen is awaiting trial over four charges of causing religiously aggravated harassment.

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She will go on trial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on January 29 alongside Golding, who faces three similar charges.

Britain First has boasted of receiving hundreds of new membership applications since Donald Trump retweeted Fransen three times last month.

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