EDL stages rooftop protest. UPDATE

UPDATE: according to the Express & Star the plan to build the mega mosque in Dudley HAS BEEN SCRAPPED.

REPORTS are coming in that the English Defence League has occupied the rooftop of a derelict building in Dudley earmarked for a mammoth new mosque.

The group staged a daytime protest in the town on Easter Saturday to show their objection to the planned new place of worship - and almost immediately afterwards supporters said a return visit was already being planned.

Around 20 EDL members, with their faces covered, are reportedly involved in the protest, which has been advertised on the group's page on social networking site Facebook.

An eyewitness said: "They're waving England flags and blaring out Islamic music from a loud speaker."

The EDL's website says the protestors "have food and water to last them weeks, and a pa system to give speeches".

It adds: "I believe they even have a Playstation. They will be playing the call to prayer to let those who are not bothered by this mosque know what to look forward to."

Police and fire crews - however - have arrived at the scene and sealed off Hall Street in the hope of achieving a swift end to the protest.


Last Updated ( Monday, 03 May 2010 13:38 )


2010 TUC Black Workers' Conference this weekend

Several hundred black and asian trade unionists will be heading to Merseyside for the 2010 TUC Black Workers' Conference this weekend and three days of lively debate on a key range of topical issues from the impact of future cuts in public spending to the dangers posed by the rise of extremist political parties.

Addressing the conference later today (Friday), TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady will warn that when even progressive politicians talk tough on immigration, there is a danger that this panders to the worst instincts of the right wing media and plays into the hands of the racists and right-wing extremists.

As part of her speech to the conference, Frances O'Grady will say: 'The Far Right poses a real threat to the cohesion of Britain's many diverse communities, with organisations like the BNP seeking to profit from both economic uncertainty and public disillusionment at mainstream politics.

'Politicians who play the race card should hang their heads in shame. The recession wasn't caused by workers born in India, Somalia or Poland coming to Britain in search of a better life. It was caused by bankers in the City and on Wall Street in pursuit of their own greed.

'In this climate racist attacks continue to take place. This week a new report from the Institute of Race Relations - released to coincide with the 17th anniversary of the death of black teenager Stephen Lawrence who was murdered on the streets of South East London by racist thugs - showed that black and asian minicab drivers, shop workers and takeaway owners face the highest risk of violence.

'And only last year in this very building, Gee Walker gave an enormously dignified address to Congress about the murder of her son Anthony, killed in a racially motivated attack in Liverpool five years ago.

'Meanwhile Nick Griffin is contesting the parliamentary constituency of Dagenham in the coming General Election and hoping to become the first fascist MP in the House of Commons in living memory. Similarly in the local elections also taking place on 6 May, the BNP is banking on taking control of the borough of Barking and Dagenham and becoming the largest party on Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

'Against this backdrop, it's the duty of every one of us to try to stop the hate-mongers in their tracks, to mobilise against the racists in our workplaces and our communities, and to alert our colleagues, friends and neighbours to the threat to democracy and community relations that is posed by the Far Right.

'The message is simple, people must use their vote and use it wisely because the BNP's biggest friend is apathy. Just as in last year's European elections when the BNP won two seats, not voting means someone else's vote counts double, and that person could be voting for the BNP.

'From Dagenham to Dudley, Stoke to Sunderland, Barnsley to Burnley, we must make sure voters say no to the BNP, no to fascism, and no to the politics of hate.'

The 2010 TUC Black Workers' Conference takes place in the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool from 2pm on Friday 23 April. The debates will conclude at lunchtime on Sunday. Other speakers over the three days include TUC President Dougie Rooney and Rob Berkeley, the director of the Runnymede Trust.

Motions submitted for debate in Liverpool cover a wide range of issues including the impact that large cuts in public spending might have upon black workers, the discrimination faced by many black and Asian jobseekers, and how to encourage the media and legal professions to become more representative of the many diverse communities in the UK.


Tory councillor up on child sex charges


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A Canterbury city councillor has been remanded in prison on serious sex charges against children.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 April 2010 10:16 )

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Junaid Qureshi MBE guilty of sexual assault

A ‘PILLAR of society’ who was given an MBE for ‘services to the community’ is facing jail after being convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman. Link

Janaid Qureshi has been slammed by community leaders for an ‘appalling breach of trust’ after a jury found him guilty of six charges of sexual assault.

The married father-of-three, 61, of Queen’s Road, Blackburn, was told by a judge a jail sentence was inevitable, and he was placed on the sex offenders’ register.

During a trial at Bolton Crown Court Qureshi was described as a ‘sleazy sexual predator’ after targeting his victim, who had just arrived in the country from Pakistan.

At the time of his arrest, Qureshi was a board member of housing association Prospect Homes, which administrates Twin Valley Homes and Housing Pendle, a governor at Blackburn College and a board member of the University of Central Lancashire.

Qureshi had also set up the Ethnic Minorities Development Association charity. He was awarded the MBE in 1999 for work in community relations.

After the case, Coun Noushad Surve, who worked with Qureshi at EMDA, said his former friend had behaved in an unacceptable manner.

He said: “It is not acceptable to behave in this way, especially when he held a position of responsibility.

“He is a very deceptive and smooth talking man who has now got caught out.”

Jack Straw, Blackburn MP, said: “He is someone who had established a position of trust in the community and sought only to abuse it.”

Detective Inspector Jill Johnston said: “I am delighted with the verdict and hope it sends out a strong message to people who behave in this way that it will not be tolerated.

“Qureshi abused his position of trust and sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman who had only just arrived on the country.

“He lied throughout the trial and I would like to commend his victim’s bravery in coming forward and getting justice.”

Michael Maher, prosecuting, said Qureshi had declared his love for the woman he had sexually assalted.

The court heard that he took her in his car to a secluded lake between Blackburn and Bolton and tried to undo her clothes and did the same thing when they were parked near some fields in the Pleasington area, pulling his own trousers down.

Another assault took place in a house in Accrington Road, Blackburn after he offered to show her around the property, the court was told.

Describing Qureshi, Mr Maher said “Superficially he presents himself as a pillar of the community...but there is a very different side to Mr Qureshi's character.

“We say he is a sleazy sexual predator who exploited his victim’s vulnerability for his own sexual gratification.”

Telling the court how Qureshi had threatened his victim after assaulting her, Mr Maher said he told the woman she would not be able to survive in Blackburn 'because he was such a well connected man in the community'.

His victim, who cannot be named, told the court Qureshi had promised to make her 'rich'.

Qureshi’s told the court that his victim 'would go to any lengths to keep her visa'.

He said he had a happy marriage of 38 years but had claimed that his 'sexual liaison' with the victim was consensual.

Judge Elliott Knopf granted bail while a pre-sentence report was drafted, but told Qureshi this was: “not an act of mercy” but was out of consideration for Quershi’s family, particularly his wife.

Conditions include a curfew of between 8pm and 6am and reporting to a police station daiily.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and told to surrender both his passports.

Qureshi will be sentenced on April 8. Judge Knopf said: “You will have already gathered from what has been said that a custodial sentence will be inevitable."


First Time Ever BBC Mentions White Murder Victims Is to Attack BNP

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The BBC has once again revealed its vicious anti-white bias with its first ever mention of white murder victims Gavin Hopley and Chris Yates (both murdered in racially motivated attacks) — but only in a blatant politically-motivated attack on the British National Party.

Up to last night, the BBC had ignored the vicious spate of non-white murders of whites, upon which the BNP had campaigned more than two years ago.

Amongst the hundreds of white British victims of racial assaults, the names Gavin Hopley and Chris Yates had featured prominently.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 April 2010 08:39 )

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Hodge Hill Tesco Opens Halal Meat Counter

Hodge Hill Tesco Opens Halal Meat Counter

Staff and local dignitaries celebrated the official launch of the Halal meat counter in Tesco’s Hodge Hill store.

The counter, which is a National Halal Food Group concession within the store, was officially opened today (9 April 2010), with a blessing given by local Imam, Sheikh Siddique.

The store, which opened in December and created 250 new jobs, stocks a range of Halal products which are popular with many shoppers.

Store manager Emma Grant, said: “Demand in the store for Halal products is high and customers are delighted with the quality of the foods they can find here. The launch of the new counter means greater local choice and convenience for new and existing customers.”

This is the second Halal Meat Counter that the Birmingham-based National Halal Food Group has opened for Tesco customers within the region. Chief Executive Muhammed Yaquoob, said: “The launch of the counter in Hodge Hill means that customers can readily obtain a range of high quality meats which meet specific spiritual requirements.

“We are delighted to be able to work with Tesco to bring our products to the marketplace and feel confident that every shopper will find something they enjoy here.”

Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, also attended the official blessing. He commented: “Today marks the continuation of the special partnership between ourselves and National Halal in  Birmingham . The new counter at Hodge Hill underlines our  commitment to providing our customers with quality products that meet their needs at reasonable prices that they have come to expect from us.”


Teenage boy stabbed to death in Cardiff



pa.press.net, Updated: 12/04/2010

South Wales Police are investigating after a teenager was stabbed in Cardiff.

A teenage boy was stabbed to death and two other family members injured in the attack.

The 17-year-old was killed at a property in Ninian Road, Cardiff, South Wales Police said.

The force is trying to trace two men seen leaving the area shortly after the incident and heading towards Shirley Road, Cardiff.

One of the men is described as being of Asian appearance, aged late 20s, of average height and stocky build, with dark hair and wearing dark clothing.

The second man is described as being of Asian appearance, aged early 20s, of slim build, and 5ft 11ins tall. He was wearing a white jacket with a grey stripe down the sleeves.

Chief Superintendent Bob Tooby, divisional commander of Cardiff Police, said: "This is a very serious incident and I wish to reassure the local community that a full investigation is under way in order to trace and arrest those responsible.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 April 2010 15:58 )


Mother Language Day in Port Talbot, Wales


The Labour MP for Aberavon, Dr Hywel Francis, son of the Communist miners' leader Dai Francis, recently hosted an International Mother Language Day in Port Talbot, Wales.

Why Francis, who is a Welsh Speaker, thinks it a cause for celebration, that so far gone is Wales that there are now 21 languages dividing Port Talbot instead of the usual two, English and Welsh is beyond me.

‘I was honoured to be invited to host this wonderful event involving twenty one languages spoken locally. The Neath Port Talbot Tigers are to be congratulated on an evening which attracted over 300 people to celebrate our local cultural and linguistic diversity.’

All that event shows to me, is how far the colonisation of Wales as advanced.  It also means to me that there must be a big increase in costs to meet the "needs" of the new "Welsh" who are slowly but surely displacing the real owners of the Valleys of Wales. 

Come on Men of Harlech.  Help the British Resistance stop the colonisation of Wales by joining the Welsh BNP.

Hat Tip:  BNP Councillor and candidate for Aberavon, Mr Kevin Edwards

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 April 2010 17:30 )


Asian gang in Bolton park attack

A man was attacked at a park in Bolton.

Sometime between 8pm and 8.50pm on Friday 26 March 2010, the 21-year-old victim left Bolton town centre via Bradford Road.

He was walking through Great Lever Park when he was attacked by a group of six or seven youths.

During the attack, he was thrown to the ground and kicked and punched.

The victim also suffered a stab wound under his left arm.

A passer-by called an ambulance and the attackers fled.

The victim was taken to hospital, where among other injuries, he suffered a punctured lung.

He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

The attackers were all described as Asian youths who had been in the park in a group Detective Constable Richard Willoughby, based at Bolton CID, said: "The victim has been through a terrible ordeal and, albeit the stab wound turned out not to be too serious, it will take some time to move on from the attack.

"It is vital we find out exactly what happened and who is responsible - we are doing everything we can and if you know something that might help our investigation, please contact me.

"I would like to re-assure the community that police patrols have been stepped up in the area and will be providing a visible presence during the next few evenings."

Anyone with information is asked to call officers in Bolton on 0161 856 5740 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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