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Goddard was spared jail by a judge but is banned from contacting the Remain supporting MP for the same amount of time

Self-styled ‘yellow vest’ James Goddard has avoided prison after being handed an eight week suspended sentence after calling Remain MP Anna Soubry a Nazi.

Goddard, 29, pleaded guilty to causing Ms Soubry harassment, alarm or distress during protests outside Parliament last Friday.

He also pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence against a police constable.

He initially denied the offences.

Goddard was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, on Monday after pleading guilty to one charge using disorderly behaviour with intent to cause Ms Soubry harassment, alarm or distress.

He was also handed a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting Ms Soubry and told he cannot enter an area, including Parliament Square, College Green, the Palace of Westminster, Portcullis House and Downing Street, and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay the MP £200 compensation.

Goddard, who was often seen on demonstrations with his supporters wearing a hi-vis vest, originally denied one count of harassment without violence outside the Houses of Parliament when Ms Soubry, then a Conservative MP, was called a “Nazi, traitor and scum”.

Last month, Goddard was fined £300 after being convicted of assaulting a photojournalist at a demo in Manchester.

Goddard, of Timperley in Altrincham, was thrown out of court during a previous case management hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court last month after interrupting the judge.

His trial hearing was delayed today after he mounted a bid to have district Emma Arbuthnot removed from his case.

Her husband, James, was a Tory MP for almost 30 years and is now a Tory life peer.

He will be sentenced on Monday.

In a statement following the case on Friday, Ms Soubry said: “I am pleased that both defendants have pleaded guilty to two public order offences and in relation to Goddard the additional offence of racially aggravated abuse of a police officer.

“They have admitted these crimes and accepted that their behaviour on two occasions outside Parliament was wrong and unjustified. Everyone is entitled to go about their lawful business.

“In a democracy, people have a right to peaceful lawful protest. No-one has the right to intimidate and abuse anyone. I am particularly pleased justice has been done in relation to the police officer.

“Racist abuse is deplorable and should never be tolerated.”

Daily Mirror

Colin Dodds, left, and Alan Dent, right, who have today been convicted of causing criminal damage to MP Helen Goodman’s office window

TWO men “deliberately targeted” the office of Helen Goodman MP in a politically motivated attack by throwing bricks through the windows, a judge has said.

Colin Dodds and Alan Dent have today been jailed after they were convicted of causing criminal damage to the Bishop Auckland MP’s office.

District Judge Helen Cousins has sentenced Dent to eight weeks and Dodds to 12 weeks in custody.

This morning, Dent, 50, of Co-operative Street, Shildon, admitted a charge of causing criminal damage after losing his temper and throwing a brick through a window.

And Dodds, 44, of Douthwaite Road, Bishop Auckland, denied the charge, but he has been found guilty of the offence.

The judge said the pair had deliberately targeted the MP’s office.

She said: “I saw two men walking down the street in a determined way with bricks in their hands and low and behold windows were then smashed.

“I have no hesitation in finding that it was deliberate – there can be no other reason than it being politically motivated for them to chose that building. This was a targeted attack on a sitting MP’s office.”

Teesside Magistrates Court heard how the pair had been supporters of far-right organisations, including the English Defence League (EDL) and had been subject to police surveillance while taking part in Anti-Islamic protest marches across the region.

Dent had told the court that he was ‘fully’ responsible for the damage but denied it was politically motivated maintaining that he lost his temper after spending the day drinking in Bishop Auckland town centre.

He said he was angry after seeing his ex-partner in town and got into an argument with a friend before picking up the bricks and threatening to ‘smash his head in’.

Dent told the court that his co-accused grabbed a brick out of his hand to stop him attacking their friend.

Under cross examination from Ann Mitchell, prosecuting, Dent said: “When I found out he (Dodds) had been arrested, I wanted to come to prove my guilt and prove Colin’s innocence.

“He stopped me doing something worse when he took a brick off me.”

She asked Dent whether he came to court to plead guilty and keep Colin Dodds out of trouble, he said: “It definitely wasn’t a planned attack, I was in my best clothes, it was broad daylight and I was drunk.

“He had absolutely nothing to do with it.”

Two windows at Ms Goodman’s constituency office on Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, were broken after being hit with house bricks on the evening of Saturday, April 6.

Dodds denied the attack was related to Ms Goodman’s stance on Brexit. He said: “I had no prior knowledge of it before it happened; it wasn’t planned and I had nothing to do with it.”

Under cross examination, Dodds vehemently denied hurling a brick through the window and maintained they were walking to his home on the Woodhouse Close estate.

Northern Echo

Today a jury of seven women and five men rejected Davies’ claim that he intended to kill only himself with the gun

Kyle Davies, 19, who has been convicted of attempting to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life following a trial at Gloucester Crown Court

A 19-year-old man who ordered a deadly handgun and ammunition from an American dealer intended to use them to carry out a massacre, a jury at Gloucester Crown Court decided today.

Kyle Davies, of Wotton, Gloucester, wanted the Glock pistol and rounds of ammunition to copy such infamous killers as the 1999 Columbine school gunmen in America and Norwegian Anders Breivik, who shot 69 teenagers dead on a beach in 2011, it was alleged during his two weeks trial.

Today a jury of seven women and five men rejected Davies’ claim that he intended to kill only himself with the gun. They decided that he did have an intent to endanger life with the gun.

Handout photo issued by South West Regional Organised Crime Unit of a Glock pistol and ammunition shown in evidence during the trial of Kyle Davies, 19, who has been convicted of attempting to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life following a trial at Gloucester Crown Court

Jurors unanimously convicted Davies of two charges attempting to import the gun and attempting to import five rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life in June last year.

Davies’ mother, sitting at the back of the court, buried her head in her hands as the jury foreman announced the guilty verdicts.

Judge Paul Cook told Davies: “Clearly you are looking at a significant period of custody but I need to know more about you before I proceed to sentence.

“I need to know the risk you pose to society. Therefore I am ordering psychiatric and probation reports to be prepared on you.”

Sentence was adjourned to a date to be fixed in about two months time.

During Davies’ trial the jury heard details of the ‘manifesto of death’ that Davies had compiled with detailed lists of weapons, explosives and body armour that would be needed for a successful mass killing.

His laptop, mobile phone and a memory stick were found to contain a mass of detail, including timelines, which the prosecution said proved he was planning a mass killing.

The prosecution said he had made ‘poster boys’ of the Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and also of Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik.

Davies, however, maintained all his research into the infamous murders was carried out merely because he was interested in the mindset of a mass killer.

Interviewed after his arrest by armed police at his Gloucester home in June last year Davies maintained he wanted the gun just to take his own life. He repeated that in evidence to the jury last week.

The court heard that he ordered the £300 pistol and ammunition via the Dark Web.

When it arrived in the UK it was intercepted by police and a dummy package was made up to look like the original, it was then delivered to Davies at his home by an undercover policeman posing as a deliveryman.

Later, armed police surrounded Davies’ home and arrested him.

In the witness box Davies said he had tried to kill himself when he was 15 but was found by police and taken home.

He told the jury he could see no point in being alive and he was depressed and thought about suicide every day.

He denied being obsessed with the Columbine killers and Anders Breivik and said he was just interested in them because they were relevant to his A level psychology studies.

Judge Cook said he will sentence Davies in about two months time, possibly at Taunton Crown Court.

Gloucester Live

Elliott Richards-Good pleaded guilty to 11 offences relating to inciting racial hatred

A teenager has pleaded guilty to 11 offences relating to inciting racial hatred, including painting a Swastika and writing ‘Traitors’ onto the Senedd.

Elliott Richards-Good, 19, appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court on Friday, July 19, where he admitted causing racially and religiously aggravated criminal damage and possessing material with a view to stir up racial or sexually-orientated hatred.

Richards-Good, from Cirencester Road in Cheltenham, was arrested in September 2018 following an investigation by the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU), supported by South Wales Police, into a series of right-wing graffiti and fly posting incidents in Grangetown in Cardiff.

The teenager admitted to two charges of displaying abusive or insulting material, including posters saying ‘Protect your children from degenerate scum’ and ‘You are the resistance’.

Richards-Good, who turns 20 on July 31, stuck the posters up in Grange Gardens, Tudor Street, Clare Road and Ferry Road on March 16, 2018.

System Resistance Network graffiti.

He also admitted to five counts of possessing threatening written material, two counts of possessing written material with a view to displaying to stir up racial or sexual-orientation hatred and two counts of racial or religiously aggravated criminal damage.

Richards-Good was committed for sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court on August 2.

He remains on conditional bail, which bans him from entering Wales apart from to attend pre-arranged legal meetings.

He must also report to police in Cheltenham every Tuesday and he is not permitted to travel outside the UK or to attend any military activity including meetings.

Wales Online

Susan Morgan-Bird, 35, racially abused Salma Gul and threatened to “kick her unborn baby out of her” at the superstore in Burnley, Lancashire

Morgan-Bird, 35, screamed “you fat black b***h” at Mrs Gul

A mum-of-two called a heavily pregnant shopper a “p***” immigrant” and threatened to kick her unborn child out of her at a Sainsbury’s checkout.

Susan Morgan-Bird, 35, also screamed “you fat black b***h” at Salma Gul as she emptied her basket onto the conveyor belt at the superstore in Burnley, Lancashire.

Morgan-Bird was stood behind the victim, who was 32 weeks pregnant, when she launched her vile racist tirade, adding: “I’m going to kick the baby out of you.”

Married mum-of-two Morgan-Bird, who is on benefits, then shouted: “You’re having that baby for the benefits” and “your husband is a drug dealer”.

Mrs Gul was left distraught, sobbing and afraid of going out after what she described as the “nasty” and “disgusting” outburst.

Ex-waitress Morgan-Bird, who has a conviction for battery from 2009, could have been facing up to two years in jail for the racist attack at 1pm on January 23, if she had been committed to the crown court for sentence, but escaped with a community order.

The court was told she has mental health problems and sometimes struggles to control her emotions, but “knew her issues didn’t excuse what she did”.

Philippa White, prosecuting, said Mrs Gul got the feeling that a woman, about six metres away, was staring at her as she emptied her basket.

She then heard some racial abuse, asked the woman what her problem was and she replied “You are.”

The victim said: “Lets sort it out,” and the defendant replied: “You come here then.”

Mrs Gul ignored her and began to be served at the till.

Mrs White said the next thing the victim knew Morgan-Bird was directly behind her with a member of staff and said: “I was going to bash her in, but she is stopping me,” referring to the assistant.

The staff member intervened and ushered the defendant away to another till.

Morgan-Bird began unloading her shopping onto the counter, saying: “I was going to sort her out, but she is stopping me,” again referring to the worker.

The prosecutor said when it was pointed out that Mrs Gul was pregnant, the defendant said :” Yeah, I know. I was going to punch the baby out of her.”

Mrs Gul asked: ‘You are going to what? “and Morgan-Bird shouted: “I’m going to kick the baby out of you.”

The victim continued to pay for her shopping and was escorted from the store by the staff member who had tried to stop the defendant’s behaviour.

Morgan-Bird told the victim: “You’re having that baby for the benefits. Your husband is a drug dealer. You immigrant. You p*** bitch”.

Mrs White said when the victim got home she told her sister what had happened and broke down in tears.

Mrs White told the court that in her impact statement, Mrs Gul said since the incident, she was more fearful about going out on her own.

The prosecutor said: “She is worried that something similar may happen again. She says she was made to feel incredibly vulnerable, especially as she was pregnant at the time. The incident has made her more wary and cautious when she was does go out and about.”

Cathryn Fell, defending Morgan-Bird, told the hearing what she said was “totally unacceptable.”

The solicitor said: “She wishes to apologise to the victim. There was no attempt at any physical violence. From her point of view, there was a bit of provocation. It’s not suggested the victim was staring at her, but that’s what she thought at the time.”

Morgan-Bird, of Hapton, near Burnley, admitted racially aggravated harassment.

She was given a 12-month community order, with a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement and was ordered to pay the victim £50 compensation.

Morgan-Bird must also pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Daily Mirror

Daniel Ward when he applied to join National Action wrote ‘All I have to offer is my thirst for gratuitous violence’

A former member of the Midland branch of a banned far right terrorist organisation who wanted to train an army to fight a “race war” has been jailed for three years

Daniel Ward, who joined National Action, also had an interest in weapons and explosives and took part in a number of the group’s demonstrations.

Ward, 29, of Highmore Drive, Bartley Green, had previously admitted being a member of National Action.

Birmingham Crown Court was told that National Action, formed in 2013, was a small, select and secretive organisation which had a number of cells across the country and which held racist, anti semitic and homophobic views.

It members were a committed group of individuals prepared to flout the law and it was banned by the Home Secretary on December 16 2016.

Ward joined National Action three months prior to the ban describing himself as a “fanatic” and that he was “ready to fight.”

He also said in his application that he was “100% committed ” and “All I have to offer is my thirst for gratuitous violence.” as well as expressing his admiration their military type actions.

Daniel Ward performing Nazi salute in Dudley on October 22, 2016

He attended the organisations demonstrations and regional meetings in Dudley and Nottingham.

His internet searches revealed an interest in explosives and how to make them and also in obtaining weapons.

In December 2016 Ward left National Action after becoming frustrated at what he perceived as a lack of action saying he “needed to fight for my people.”

Naomi Parsons, prosecuting, said however that four months later Ward “came back to the National Action fold” saying he had felt at a loose end.

He then was a “vocal member” in chat groups in which he talked about recruitment, issues of security and training.

Air rifle seized from Ward’s home in police raid

Ward suggested the setting up of a training camp under the guise of a fitness group so that he could “build an SS and prepare for a race war.”

He said he was “desperate for action” and that the goal was to cause conflict between different groups of people, the collapse of society and to become agitators.

Miss Parsons said Ward had made three attempts to join the army, had been successful once but had dropped out.

The defendant was not arrested until September 5 last year and when police searched his home they found evidence of his extreme right wing views as well as recovering an air pistol and ball bearing firing one and two air rifles.

He said “You threw yourself into the membership of National Action heart and soul.

“Others in the organisation looked at you as someone who would be prepared to act.”

Thomas Schofield, defending, said Ward had only been involved for a short period of time and at the time he was isolated and looking for the membership of a group.

“What he was doing was talking and not acting,” he said

Birmingham Mail

Self-declared white supremacist Leslie Blaney told police ‘non-white English speaking people should leave England and have no part here’

A white supremacist who told a young mother wearing a headscarf to “get back to your own country where you belong” has been convicted of racially aggravated harassment.

Leslie Blaney, 65, “unleashed a torrent of racial abuse” at the victim as she walked in the street with her two young children in Workington, Cumbria.

He was arrested after two passers-by overheard him shouting “various racial insults” and flagged down a passing police van in Murray Road on 1 July, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

During a police interview, Blaney described himself as a white supremacist and said he believed all “non-white English speaking people should leave England and have no part here”.

Asked whether he thought his behaviour was acceptable, he answered: “To me it is.”

Blaney pleaded guilty to racially aggravated behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm and distress at Workington Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Pamela Fee, senior crown prosecutor for northwest England, said: “Leslie Blaney, a self-declared white supremacist, unleashed a torrent of racial abuse at a young mother as she walked down a busy street with her young children, simply because she was wearing a headscarf.

“Spouting such poisonous views in a public place is not acceptable in today’s society and we will continue to bring before the courts those who commit hate crime offences.”

She commended the passers-by who flagged down police, and who were also verbally abused by Blaney after challenging him over the abuse.

Ms Fee said: “Had it not been for their courage and support, the victim would have walked away and Blaney would never had been brought to justice for his deplorable actions.

“I would encourage anyone who hears racist abuse or sees a repeated pattern of racist behaviour to come forward to report it regardless of how minor an incident may initially appear.”

Blaney was sentenced to a 10-week community order with a curfew and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

His conviction comes after Donald Trump used similar language in a racist attack on four US congresswomen. The president told Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.

Authorities have since been urged to step up protections for Democrat representatives, all of whom are US citizens and three of whom were born in the country.

The Independent