Britain First told to '˜respect' people of Luton after demonstration

Members of a far-right group have been urged to '˜show respect for the people of Luton' after they staged another demonstration in the town.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 1:44 pm
Updated Monday, 7th March 2016, 1:46 pm
Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen speak to a Beds Police officer via Skype during the demonstration

Though bail terms currently prevent Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen from entering Luton, members of their far-right group staged a demonstration in the town centre on February 27.

A video of the event shows Britain First members handing out literature and getting involved in heated discussions with shoppers.

The demo was orchestrated by Golding and Fransen via Skype, in what they called their “makeshift command and control centre”.

Footage shows Fransen promising that Luton is a “target town” for Britain First and that they will return on a “regular basis”.

In response to the threat Luton Council of Faiths, Churches Together in Luton and a number of other community organisations have signed a letter which urges the far-right group to “show respect for the people of Luton”.

It reads: “We are incredible disappointed that Britain First have continued to disregard the views of the people of this town.

“The damage you do goes beyond the financial.

“Luton is a super-diverse, vibrant and cohesive town with much to offer.

“We resent the constant attempts to damage the reputation of our town by portraying it in a negative and dishonest way.”

It adds: “We are hardworking, decent folk who seek to live peaceably with one another.

“We reject the efforts of those who seek to divide us along the lines of race or religion.”

Golding and Fransen’s ban from Luton will end on May 30, when they answer bail.