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'Britain First' leaders to attend Luton march after bid to stop them is rejected

A previous march from 'Britain First'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Britain First' leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen will be able to attend a demonstration by the far-right group in Luton today after Bedfordshire Police failed in their bid to stop them from coming to the town.

The force had applied for an injunction, but it was rejected by the High Court yesterday.

An interim civil injunction was handed down though which means that Golding and Fransen won't be able to display banners which incite racial hatred and must stick to a designated route.

They will be able to make speeches and take part in the march however.

Injunction obtained against Britain First

Picture from previous Britain First march.

Bedfordshire Police has obtained an interim civil injunction against Britain First organisers Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.

The ruling was made at the High Court in London earlier today.

However the court has ruled that both organisers will be able to attend Luton for the planned demonstration tomorrow.

The injunction bans either Paul Golding or Jayda Fransen (either by themselves or by instructing or encouraging or giving permission to any other person) from:

  • Entering any mosque or Islamic Cultural Centre or its private grounds within England or Wales without prior written invitation.
  • Publishing, distributing or displaying, or causing to be published, distributed or displayed any words or images, whether electronic or otherwise which having regard to all the circumstances are likely to stir up religious and/or racial hatred.
  • Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour thereby causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person.
  • Carrying or displaying in Luton on Saturday, 27 June, at or in connection with the march by 'Britain First' any banner or sign with the words 'No More Mosques', or similar words or words to like effect.

Police were also given the power of arrest should either party breach any of the terms of the injunction.

A full hearing will be held at a later date.


Long delays on M1 in Luton after van and lorry crash

The M1 is closed northbound between junctions 10 and 11. Credit: Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit

There are severe delays on the M1 in Bedfordshire following an crash between a van and a lorry. The road is closed northbound between junction 10 for Luton Airport and junction 11 for Luton and Dunstable.

The Highways Agency is warning motorists to avoid the area and allow extra time for their journey.

Those travelling to Luton airport are affected as there are significant delays on the diversion routes and traffic is queuing back to junction 7 for St Albans.

The M1 is closed northbound between junctions 10 and 11. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Police and Highways England Traffic Officers are currently at the scene dealing with the incident.

The motorway is likely to remain closed for some time while a police investigation is carried out. The M1 will fully reopen as soon as it is safe to do so."

– Highways Agency

Police investigate gun incident at Luton house

Bedfordshire police are investigating an incident where a gun was fired in a house in Luton. No-one was hurt but there was damage to the house.

The incident happened in Douglas Road at about 4pm on Tuesday 23 June.

Police would like to speak to two men seen in the area at the time.

The men were described as black and of slim build; one of the men was wearing a dark-coloured thick winter coat, while the other wore dark clothing and a bright blue cap with a peak.

The firearms incident happened in Douglas Road at about 4pm on Tuesday 23 June. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“We are currently treating this as an isolated incident and would reassure the community that we are thoroughly investigating this offence. Thankfully no-one was injured.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or who knows anything about this incident to get in touch.”

– PC Emma Cook, Bedfordshire Police

Court injunction bid to curb far-right march in Luton

The right-wing Britain First group is planning a demonstration in Luton on Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Conditions have been imposed on a demonstration in Luton by the right-wing Britain First organisation to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum on Saturday.

Bedfordshire police has served notice on organisers giving them strict guidelines on where the protest can take place and restricting any further procession or movement in the town.

The force has also sought an application for an injunction under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Disorder Act 2014 which will be heard at the High Court on Friday. If successful, this injunction will place restrictions on the behaviour of Britain First organisers.

"We respect the right for peaceful protest however, must also be mindful of the impact on our communities. As a result we have decided to place restrictions on the procession to ensure we recognise and meet the needs of all parties affected.

"There will be a police presence in the town on the day and we hope the event is peaceful."

– Chief Superintendent David Boyle, Bedfordshire Police


Attack victim dies after two years in a coma

Attack victim Henry Huggins who has died after two years in a coma Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man whose been in a coma for nearly two years after he was attacked outside a block of flats in Luton has died.

Henry Huggins who was known as 'Chin' was attacked on the Farley Hill Estate in August 2013 - he'd never regained consciousness.

Last year 40 year old Stuart Docherty was jailed for 17 years for stamping on Henry's head, causing his injuries.

His case has been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service and he could now face a charge of murder.

Bedfordshire police call for more men to report sexual assaults

Bedfordshire police Headquarters Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police are urging people to challenge their misconceptions about male sexual assault.

Last year nearly 17 percent of all serious sexual offences in the county involved a male victim.

During Men's health week, the force says it wants to encourage more men to report attacks.

"We have come a long way in debunking many of the common myths about rape and serious sexual offences – however, there is still a lot that needs to change. There is unfortunately a mindset in which people think men cannot be a victim of rape or serious sexual assault – that they are only the perpetrators. We know that these crimes exist between same-sex couples and indeed as male-on-male stranger attacks. Women too can be responsible for serious sexual assaults against men."

– Detective Inspector Jenni McIntyre-Smith

If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape, you can report the incident to Bedfordshire police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Busiest May ever for Luton Airport

Luton Airport has had its busiest-ever May.

The Bedfordshire terminal handled more than one million passengers last month, a 15.7% rise on the May 2014 figure.

Luton Airport Credit: PA Images

It is the first time Luton Airport has passed the million-a-month milestone before the start of the busy summer period.

Airlines Thomson and easyJet have just launched new routes from Luton while Hungarian low-fare carrier Wizz Air is opening up three new routes this month.

Luton is embarking on a £100 million redevelopment and investment programme that will see annual passenger numbers climb from 12 million to 18 million passengers by 2026.

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