Britain First duo are banned from town

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Britain First’s bosses have been banned from Luton town centre and Bury Park for three years.

Bedfordshire Police obtained a civil injunction against organisers Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen at the High Court on Thursday.

It bans either Golding or Fransen (either by themselves or by instructing or encouraging or giving permission to any other person) from:

(a) Entering any Mosque or Islamic Cultural Centre or its private grounds within England and Wales without prior written invitation.

(b) Being within a designated exclusion zone in the Bury Park area unless they remain at all times within a railway carriage travelling along the railroad adjoining Luton railway station.

(c) Causing, permitting, encouraging or inciting any person to enter or remain in designated exclusion zone in the Bury Park area unless they remain at all times within a railway carriage travelling along the railroad adjoining Luton railway station.

(d) Publishing, broadcasting, distributing or displaying, or causing or encouraging to be published, broadcast, distributed or displayed, any images or films showing any person or event within designated exclusion zones in the Bury Park and Town Centre areas.

(e) Entering a designated exclusion zone in the Town Centre area save in accordance with paragraph 1 (g) below.

(f) Causing, permitting, encouraging or inciting any person to enter or remain in the designated exclusion zone in the Town Centre area save in accordance with paragraph 1 (g) below.

(g) The Respondents are permitted to enter a designated area in the Town Centre for the purposes of, and only for the purposes of, attending hearings at Luton Magistrates and Luton Crown Court at which they are required to attend as defendants. They are also permitted to instruct legal representatives to attend. They must give the Bedfordshire Chief Constable advanced written notice of all such attendances by 5pm on the working day before the relevant hearing.

The police have the power of arrest should either party breach any of the terms of the injunction.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Colbourne said: “Applying for such an order is not a decision we take lightly, however we decided to take action following a number of incidents where these parties came into areas of Luton and caused community tensions.

“Luton is an incredibly diverse and vibrant town and we will not tolerate any individual who seeks to cause disharmony or provoke tensions within our communities. I would like to be clear that we would never seek to ban demonstrations or peaceful protest, however we have a duty to protect our communities and will always act in their best interests.”