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Britain First leaders plead not guilty to alleged hate crimes

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen leaving Sevenoaks Magistrates Court Credit: ITV

The leaders of the controversial far-right political group Britain First will stand trial for religiously aggravated harassment.

It's alleged Paul Golding and his deputy Jayda Fransen posted videos online during the trial of three muslim men and one teenager in Kent.

The both pleaded not guilty today when they appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates Court.

They live in Penge, south east London, and have been given conditional bail until their trial.

Abigail Bracken reports.


Mother's grief after company director cleared of wrongdoing, her son died after a tyre exploded at work

Matthew Hoare, 21, died after a tyre he was inflating at work exploded

A mother spoke of her grief and disappointment today after a company director was cleared of wrong doing in a trial over the death of a 21 year-old tyre fitter.

Matthew Hoare was killed by an exploding tyre while working for Watling Tyres in Canterbury. Today - Andrew Wright - one of the company's bosses was cleared of health and safety failures.

The company had already admitted breaching regulations. Sarah Saunders reports from Canterbury Crown Court.

Couple jailed after 'violent attack' with screwdriver

Robert Symons & Jenny Turrell have been jailed for three years each Credit: Kent Police

A couple who stabbed a man following a dispute over building work have each been jailed for three years.

Robert Symons, aged 51, and his wife Jenny Turrell, 49, from Swanley attacked the man in Margate on 9th February 2015. The victim had been walking along Ethelbert Gardens in the Cliftonville area of town. He was punched, kicked and stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver.

The pair were found guilty of wounding at Canterbury Crown Court, and were each sentenced to three years behind bars. Turrell was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

‘This was a violent, unprovoked attack by a couple, which was aggravated by the use of a screwdriver.

‘The stab wound thankfully missed any arteries and the victim survived but it could have easily been much worse.

‘I’m pleased justice has been served and would like to thank the witness for coming forward and speaking out and supporting the case.’

– Detective Constable Neil Martin, Kent Police

Prisoner admits intent to pervert the course of justice

A prisoner serving a fifteen year sentence for a brutal assault text his friend whilst in prison to try and get the victim assaulted again before the trial.

Lee Cekic, was on remand at HMP Elmley in Sheerness, awaiting trial for the grievous bodily harm with intent and false imprisonment of Margate man Joe Bath.

But whilst in prison, Cekic sent a number of text messages to a friend, Lewis Pettitt, trying to get Mr Bath assaulted again before the trial.

A search warrant at an Essex address discovered a phone belonging to Mr Pettitt where the text messages were uncovered. The mobile the texts were sent from was found in Cekic's cell.

Yesterday, Cekic was sentenced to three years in prison, to run concurrently to the 15 years he is already serving.