Magistrates uphold temporary ban against Britain First leaders entering Luton

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen pictured outside Medway Magistrates' Court
Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen pictured outside Medway Magistrates' Court

Bail conditions which have temporarily banned the leaders of a far-right group from entering Luton have been upheld by magistrates.

Britain First’s Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen are currently prevented from entering the town due to conditions imposed when the pair were arrested over a contentious march through Bury Park on January 23.

Beds Police has said that Golding and Fransen were detained over allegations of a public order offence, while the pair say they were arrested for “wearing political uniforms” during the demonstration.

Appearing at Medway Magistrates’ Court in Kent on Friday, Golding and Fransen attempted to have the restrictions on them removed.

However the original decision was upheld– ensuring that the bail terms will continue until May 30 as planned.

In a statement Britain First called it “one of the most shocking and biased hearings in magistrates history.”

It said: “After both sides were heard, the three magistrates retired to make their decision, but reappeared after only a few minutes to make their ruling.

“When challenged as to what their reasoning was behind their decision, the chief magistrate was stumped for words and could barely string a sentence together.

“It was embarrassing and openly politically biased.”

Britain First has said that it will attempt to raise £6,000 to appeal the decision.