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

UK “yellow vest” protester James Goddard has admitted harassing pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry after verbally abusing her outside parliament.

Goddard also pleaded guilty to the racially-aggravated harassment of a police officer during protests in London.

The 29-year-old admitted the offences at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, following a series of hearings that were disrupted by his supporters.

It came after he was convicted of assaulting a news photographer in a separate incident in Manchester.
The independent

A SELF-CONFESSED racist telephoned his landlords and demanded to be re-housed after being told an immigrant was moving into a neighbouring property, a court has been told.

Gilbert Robbins had moved into the Borders village of Ettrickbridge last year after being informed no foreigners lived there.

But after being told there were plans for a Libyan refugee to be moved into a house next to him, the 63-year-old tenant hit the roof and telephoned Selkirk-based Eildon Housing Association asking they find another property for him.

During the conversation he admitted he was racist and had extreme right wing views and allegedly said that all foreigners should be lined up and shot.

The housing assistant at the other end of the line told Robbins it was a “disgusting thing to say” and terminated the phone call.

However Robbins followed this up with two emails regarding his “home move” and “re-housing request” to his female housing officer, who is originally from Sudan, which were littered with racial comments.

Following a trial at Selkirk Sheriff Court Robbins was found guilty of a breach of the Communications Act by sending emails and telephone messages to three employees of Eildon Housing on April 10 that were racist, offensive and abusive.

Sheriff Kevin Duffy deferred sentence for five months for good behaviour telling the plant operator he was being “given a chance” and he had to avoid repeating sending similar messages.

In the first email, sent to the housing officer of Sudanese-origin at 10.41am, Robbins wrote: “Dear Mrs. Now don’t take this personally.

“I live in Woodend, Ettrickbridge. Before I took this property, I specifically asked if there were any immigrants in the building or in the near vicinity. I was advised no!

“However, I’ve now been told by a neighbour, that the empty house, across the landing from me has been allocated to a black man.

“On the basis that I’m as extreme right wing and racist as you can get…to the point of actually HATING every foreigner in this country, I would like to be considered for a house in a white area as I couldn’t live near these people.

“Call me racist, that’s okay, I am.

“We have a government that’s ethnically cleansing our white, Christian country and I’m anti-that.

“The bottom line is I can’t live in the same building as foreigners, Islamists, blacks or even Eastern Europeans…..I HATE THEM ALL.”

Giving evidence during the trial the housing officer was so upset by the racial contents of the email that she left work and went home.

She added that later on the Libyan man was informed of Robbins’ views and declined to take up the tenancy in the picturesque village which has a population of around 100.

After the e-mail was sent a housing manager from Eildon telephoned Robbins to say what he had said in the telephone call and e-mail was unacceptable.

But Robbins, originally from the west coast of Scotland, hit back with another e-mail timed at 14.45 on the same day to the housing officer saying: “I was shocked and dismayed by the attitude of your staff, when I requested a move due to a foreigner moving under the same roof as me.

“Unfortunately I’m not multi-cultural and have nothing in common with foreigners.

“It’s like Harpie Eagles to live with Spider Monkeys.

“It just doesn’t work! Hence my request for a move.

“What does bother me is…. Eildon staff telling me I’m disgusting for my views and then be told Eildon’s concerned due to my views.

“Whatever happened to free speech?

“Is Eildon taking the stance that, if you don’t love immigrants, Islamists, Eastern Europeans, etc that in Eildon’s eyes you’re a concern?

“If you go back and listen to what I’ve said and look at what I’ve wrote…you will discover that contrary to my views on immigrants, I didn’t request that Eildon shouldn’t put a black man next to me, I requested `a move from the black man.

“Therefore…how can you have concerns about me?

“Political correctness gone too far.”

The messages were reported by Eildon Housing Association to the police and Robbins was interviewed at Hawick Police Station on April 13 he repeated his racist views but added he could not remember saying about all foreigners should be lined up and shot.

He commented: “If that was on the call that’s only my views concerning foreigners. I wasn’t wanting to upset anyone, it’s just my views.”

Summing up the Crown case procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said the messages were “wholly offensive” and “racially aggravated”.

Robbins, who acted for himself during the trial, put forward a defence submission under Article 10 of the European Court of Human Rights pointing out he could say what he likes as long as he was not pressuring someone or threatening them with violence.

But Sheriff Duffy said the language used in the telephone calls and message had gone “well beyond” what was acceptable and found him guilty of the charge.

The sheriff noted Robbins’ last criminal conviction dated back to 2013 so he deferred sentence until December to see if he could remain out of trouble.

He warned: “Be very careful what you are saying in e-mails and communications.”

Robbins said when he was working as a head of plant operator he would earn £750 to £1,000 a week but the court was told that he was currently £500 in arrears with his rent with Eildon and that he was in receipt of Universal Credit.

Border Telegraph

Gregory Lauder-Frost.

A Borders community council chairman and political activist has fallen foul of race hate laws after a social media row with a 21-year-old student.

Gregory Lauder-Frost, 67, sent Isadora Sinha messages telling her to “go home” and saying she had “no right to be in our country or arguing with a superior race”.

As their online argument continued, he posted threats saying: “As the KGB say, you are on the list. Don’t get too comfortable.”

Lauder-Frost, founder and vice-president of the Traditional Britain Group, an organisation calling for members of ethnic minorities to be returned to what it describes as their natural homelands, tried to dismiss those remarks as “throwaway” comments as part of a Facebook debate.

He also claimed that he had been provoked.

However, following a trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court last week, he was convicted of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by posting offensive and racist comments likely to cause a reasonable person fear and alarm from his home in Mordington in Berwickshire last year.

A former leading light in the Monday Club, a right-wing Conservative Party pressure group, Lauder-Frost has courted controversy in the past with his extreme views.

He caused an outcry with his comments about Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, mother of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and a campaigner against racism, referring to her as “anti-English” and not suitable for the House of Lords.

In 2013, Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg issued a public apology after attending a dinner hosted by the Traditional Britain Group, admitting it was “unquestionably a mistake” and describing the views of Lauder-Frost as “disgusting”.

This is the first time that the married father of two has been convicted of a criminal offence over his extreme political views, though, and his conviction at Jedburgh Sheriff Court is being seen as a message sent out by the Scottish legal authorities that racist and threatening remarks will not be tolerated on social media despite being notoriously difficult to prove.

He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £200 compensation to Ms Sinha after being found guilty of the racially-aggravated offence.

The trial heard evidence by video-link from Ms Sinha, a postgraduate genetics student at Cardiff University who describes herself as British-Indian despite being born in Hong Kong.

She explained how a video popped up up on her Facebook page from an Arthur Hargrave on British ethnicity which she commented on as she objected to the views being expressed.

A message then came up on April 25 last year sent from Lauder-Frost’s profile saying: “You are not British. You are someone of foreign ethnicity.”

Further such messages followed during the exchanges, with one saying: “It is not skin colour that matters, it is race. Your natural home lies out of the UK.”

“Please go back to your natural homeland instead of insulting us.”

Lauder-Frost later sent a picture of two light-skinned women saying: “Here are Caucasians,” adding afterwards: “I am not a white nationalist. I want to keep Britain British. If you are not ethnically British, you are not British.”

Other messages from his profile stated “you have no right to be in our country or arguing with a superior race” and “what do you think you are doing in my country?”

Lauder-Frost then sent more messages referring to “aliens” and “British haters” and urging her to “go home”.

He also said that non-Europeans should be returned to their natural homelands.

Ms Sinha responds to messages from both Lauder-Frost and Hargrave saying: “Both of you do not get the point. Try and research a bit more.”

She added another comment explaining why she feels she felt qualified to offer opinions, saying “considering I am a geneticist and have got an education in this. You two are just plain racist”.

Asked for her reaction to the views she was responding to, Ms Sinha replied: “Sadness, I suppose. I was taken a bit aback. I was not expecting it.”

However, she implied matters turned even more sinister when she received messages saying: “As the KGB say, you are on the list. Don’t get too comfortable.”

Asked for her interpretation of those comments, Ms Sinha said she took them as a threat, explaining: “No one has the right to make those kind of comments. The KGB killed people on their list. They tortured them and airbrushed them out of photos.

“Not only did he want me out of the country, he wanted me airbrushed from this country.

“I took the ‘don’t get too comfortable’ comment as a threat as well. The comments caused me to worry.”

Ms Sinha, who insisted she was proud to be British, rejected the suggestion that was a general view, saying that she was named in the comment and believed she was being targeted.

Under cross-examination from procurator fiscal Graham Fraser, Lauder-Frost gave his version of events about the Facebook exchange with the student 46 years his junior.

Asked if he had made the comment “please go home”, he replied: “Probably out of frustration.”

He continued: “She kept going on and on, and she was only halfway through a downmarket university course on genetics.

“I was insulted as she was lecturing us when she was making these comments.”

Asked to clarify what he meant about Cardiff’s being a downmarket university, Australian-born Lauder-Frost, holder of an Oxford University degree in modern history and a doctorate, said: “Some are better than others on a sliding scale, I am afraid.”

The pensioner pointed out he did not know who Ms Sinha was and had only found out about her when she responded to the Facebook thread and then checked her profile.

He added: “These debates are going on all the time on Facebook, and I don’t believe anyone takes them particularly seriously.

“Obviously, I have learned a lesson by being here today.

“Through this whole thread, I felt Miss Sinha was being very very provocative.”

When quizzed about his comment about her having no right to be in this country or argue with a superior race, he stated: “I felt she was arguing with the British and the Caucasians.

“She was an alien in this country, my country, and putting forth insulting arguments. She was postulating.”

Asked to explain his question “what are you doing in my country?” and his comment “go back to your natural home and stop insulting us”, he replied: “I was getting a bit tired. You get these throwaway comments on Facebook.

“It’s just amazing that this has ever reached court.

“It is a snowflake reaction. These are throwaway comments. I never meant for this girl to be abused or to be in fear. I don’t even know where she lives or anything about her.

“It is a debate or an argument. We are going down a dark path trying to regulate speech.

“I don’t see why you are singling me out.”

Mr Fraser, summing up for the prosecution, said: “The accused fully accepts he made the observations and he behaved in a way he knew would offend her.”

He highlighted the distress and upset caused by the messages adding: “He was responsible for that.”

Defence lawyer Robert More contended that his client had sent his messages in the context of being provoked but had stopped when asked to by Ms Sinha’s mother.

He said: “This was an intelligent young woman who was keen to get involved in a political debate but then, having been offended, decided to report the matter to the police.

“She did not stay out of the debate but continued.

“It does not prove there has been a contravention of section 38 of the act.”

Finding him guilty following a four-hour trial, sheriff Peter Paterson told Lauder-Frost he had crossed the line by making threatening comments which would have caused a reasonable person fear or alarm.

Regarding the racial element of the charge, he said: “The comments are racist. They clearly are.”

Sheriff Paterson gave Lauder-Frost three months to pay the fine and compensation in full.

Lauder-Frost, chairman of Foulden, Mordington and Lamberton Community Council, declined to comment on leaving court, though he has ince informed us that he intends to lodge an appeal.

Southern Reporter

Far-right activist will serve 10 weeks after being found guilty of breaching reporting ban

Tommy Robinson pictured outside the Old Bailey, where his supporters later clashed with police. Photograph: Luke Dray/Getty Images

Tommy Robinson has been given a nine-month prison sentence – of which he will serve about 10 weeks – after he was found guilty of contempt of court at an earlier hearing.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, broadcast reports that encouraged “vigilante action” and “unlawful physical” aggression against defendants in a sexual exploitation trial, according to the judges who found him guilty last week.

Passing sentence on Thursday, Dame Victoria Sharp said of Robinson: “He has lied about a number of matters and sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression.

“This does not increase his sentence, but it does mean that there can be no reduction for an admission of guilt.”

Robinson, 36, from Luton in Bedfordshire, had denied breaching a reporting ban by livestreaming footage of defendants arriving at court. He insisted he had only referred to information already in the public domain.

After deduction for time served, the sentence will amount to 19 weeks, of which he will serve half before being released.

The former leader of the far-right English Defence League flashed a V for victory sign to the public gallery upon hearing the sentence, and later winked as he slung a bag over his shoulder and was led away by prison officers.

He arrived outside the Old Bailey dressed in blue jeans and a black T-shirt bearing the words “convicted of journalism”, but was wearing a plain black one inside, where his barrister apologised for the defendant’s late arrival. Sharp, the lead judge, said: “Well, it’s not a very good start, is it?”

Police officers put on riot helmets and drew batons as bottles and cans were thrown when a crowd of Robinson supporters outside the court erupted with anger after the news from inside filtered through.

At least three people were arrested, City of London police said. The crowd later made its way to the Carriage Gates of the Houses of Parliament, blocking roads as they went.

Blocking the roads outside parliament they waved signs bearing slogans including “Tommy Robinson: political prisoner”, chanted support for the far-right activist and other slogans in favour of Brexit, as well as calling MPs “traitors”.

There were some briefly chaotic scenes as some protesters shouted abuse at police, and then crowded and jostled officers when one person was detained. Some protesters yelled “Paedophile protesters!” at police.

Several members of the crowd were holding cans of beer or cider, and one was overheard making racist comments.

The crowd, diminishing in numbers, moved around Parliament Square for a period before heading in the direction of Victoria.

Passing sentence at the Old Bailey alongside Mr Justice Warby, Sharp told Robinson they were in no doubt the custody threshold had been passed and the judges had taken account of information including the impact of prison on his health and family.

Aidan Eardley, the barrister for the attorney general, who had made the application for Robinson to be jailed, began earlier by outlining the sentencing options, adding that complicating factors included time already served, which amounted to 68 days in custody.

Robinson had been sentenced to 10 months when he was first jailed for the video he livestreamed from outside Leeds crown court, but appeal judges then ordered the case be reheard in full.

His barrister, Richard Furlong, said there had been no further incidences of contempt and asked the court to consider any actual harm caused by his client’s actions.

“Notwithstanding the seriousness of what has been found to be proven against him, in terms of actual harm to the trial of the criminal defendants in Leeds, there is no suggestion that the criminal defendants in Leeds did not have a fair trial, notwithstanding his conduct outside the court,” Furlong said.

Addressing his client’s state of mind, Furlong said there were a number of relevant categories, and “recklessness” was not as serious as others from the point of view of sentencing.

After sentencing, Furlong raised the possibility of an appeal against the court’s decision on contempt and was told he had 28 days to apply.

Speaking afterwards, the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, said: “Today’s sentencing of Yaxley-Lennon serves to illustrate how seriously the courts will take matters of contempt.”

Nick Lowles, the chief executive of the campaign group Hope Not Hate, said: “Stephen Lennon put at risk the trial of men accused of horrendous crimes with his livestreaming antics. He doesn’t care about the victims of grooming, he only cares about himself. He now faces yet another stint behind bars.”

Earlier this week, Robinson made an emotional appeal to the US president, Donald Trump, to grant him asylum, claiming he faced being killed in prison.

On Thursday, he was supported in court by the far-right commentator Katie Hopkins. Others in court included Ezra Levant, the founder of the Rebel Media, a Canadian far-right website.

Gerard Batten, the former Ukip leader who had taken on Robinson as an adviser before the party was wiped out in the European parliament elections in May, addressed the crowd outside from a stage.

Robinson meanwhile issued an appeal using the Telegram messaging app for supporters to protest outside prison on Saturday.

A full decision of the high court, released on Tuesday, explained the reasons for ruling against him. Sharp, the president of the Queen’s bench division, and Warby produced a three-page judgment setting out their findings last week.

“We are entirely satisfied that [Robinson] had actual knowledge that there was an order in force restricting reporting of the trial,” the judges concluded. “He said as much, repeatedly, on the video itself.”

Robinson was found to have committed contempt by breaching a reporting restriction, risked impeding the course of justice and interfered with the administration of justice by “aggressively and openly filming” the arrival of defendants at court.

Commenting on the impact of Robinson’s actions, the judges said: “The dangers of using the unmoderated platforms of social media, with the unparalleled speed and reach of such communications, are obvious.”

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