Restaurant owner William Eve denies abuse was religiously aggravated

A Tommy Robinson supporter has admitted verbally abusing a journalist at a protest and accusing her of being “Muslim-backed”.

William Eve, a restaurant owner from north-east London, was caught on camera insulting a female reporter and demanding to know whether she was “with or against” the English Defence League (EDL) founder.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the 57-year-old shouted at Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego during a “Free Tommy” protest that merged with a pro-Donald Trump rally in July.

Prosecutor Robert Simpson said: “The complainant is someone who is a reporter for Al Jazeera. She was conducting interviews and recording them.

“She was approached by the defendant, asked who she was, he found out and made the comment ‘so you’re Muslim-backed’. He went on to say she was stupid and call her a slag.”

Eve was filmed demanding to know who Ms Gallego worked for and asking: “Are you with Tommy Robinson or against him?”

The journalist said she was not taking any sides in her reporting but Eve accused her of being “Muslim-backed” and called her “f***ing stupid” when she asked what he meant.

Mr Simpson said he also “jabbed a finger towards” Ms Gallego, who recorded the incident in central London.

Eve, of Adnams walk in Rainham, admitted one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress on 14 July.

But he pleaded not guilty to a second count alleging that the harassment was religiously aggravated and is due to go on trial next month.

Deputy district judge Jim Astle released Eve on bail until his trial at City of London Magistrates’ Court on 21 February.

Eve made no comment as he left the court, with a hat pulled over his face.

Police said Robinson supporters at the rally physically attacked officers and hurled racial abuse, while a group also blocked a bus driven by a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf.

Ukip leader Gerard Batten, who has since hired Robinson as an adviser, and anti-Islam politicians from the US, Sweden and Belgium spoke at the event.

It was one of several protests held over the imprisonment of Robinson, who was jailed for allegedly committing contempt of court at a grooming gang trial in May.

The anti-Islam activist, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was released in April after the Court of Appeal overturned the findings because of procedural failings.

Judges ordered a rehearing and the case has been referred to the attorney general for consideration on how it will proceed.

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A vandal who scrawled antisemitic and neo-Nazi symbols on an MSP’s office window has been jailed for more than two years.

James Malcolm, 18, used red paint to draw symbols including a Star of David on a gallows at Rona Mackay’s office in Kirkintilloch.

He later caused £14,000 of damage to 27 headstones at a cemetery. A swastika symbol scribbled on broken glass was found at one of them. During a two-month crime spree Malcolm also vandalised a nature reserve and several parks in Kirkintilloch and used his own blood to write offensive slogans on the wall of a police cell.

Malcolm pleaded guilty at Glasgow sheriff court to four charges of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, one charge of maliciously damaging headstones and writing offensive slogans on a cell between June 1 and August 9 last year. Sheriff Alan MacKenzie sentenced him to two years and four months in prison.

The court was told that a member of the public spotted graffiti on a glass notice board at Lenzie Moss nature reserve on July 17. Nazi slogans and symbols were scrawled in blue paint and “James M” was scratched on a sign.

On July 23 Malcolm graffitied in red paint on a bridge above the path leading to Luggie Park. Days later a dog walker saw “Adolf Hitler” and “white power” among other phrases. Mark Allan, the procurator fiscal depute, said: “She was offended and appalled by what she saw, in particular a picture of the Star of David on a hangman’s noose.”

On July 24 Malcolm vandalised the window of Ms Mackay’s office with a red paint marker. Mr Allan said that the writing again included antisemitic and neo-Nazi symbols. The next day an employee contacted the police.

When officers went to Malcolm’s home the walls were covered with antisemitic and Nazi slogans, including “death to all Jews”. Mr Allan said Malcolm “stated that he was looking to shock people with his messages so that they would wake up and see the truth”. While Malcolm was in custody he smeared swastikas and other symbols on the walls of his cell in his own blood.

Mr Allan said that on August 9, after Malcolm had been bailed, police were given information that he had damaged gravestones at Old Aisle Cemetery in Kirkintilloch, where there are 38 graves of Commonwealth service personnel.

The Times

Sonny Grainger is only 21 but has already been in court 20 times

He was the baby-faced boy who became one of the youngest people in Hull to get an Asbo.

And Sonny Grainger is now back behind bars after making his 20th appearance in court this week.

Grainger was jailed for two years and four months for a shocking attack outside a Hull pub which saw him punch a man “for no reason”, follow him, kick him in the head and then brag about the assault to a bouncer.

Grainger, who was the second youngest person in Hull to be given an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo) has previously served two short spells in prison for his behaviour.

He was slapped with the order in 2009 and banned from seven streets after he “terrorised” the Boothferry estate by stealing cars, starting fires, assaulting neighbours and even smashing his own windows.

Neighbours described him as a “living hell”.

‘Wave of terror’

Sonny Grainger was once described as an 'ASBO Crimewave'

Sonny Grainger was once described as an ‘ASBO Crimewave’

PC Trevor Neeham said at the time: “Sonny Grainger has caused untold misery for the people of the estate. He has been a tyrant to people here.

“On a daily basis we received complaints about his behaviour, it is actually unbelievable how bad this lad was. He has been a one-boy wave of terror.”

He went on to break the terms of his Asbo just two hours after it was served with it, followed by a further five times in 18 months. He was eventually put on a tag.

Kicked out of 7 schools

When he was 13, he assaulted a fellow pupil at Bridgeview Special School, Hessle, after he was caught with cannabis on the premises. At the time, his mother said the order was no longer working and claimed she was not receiving the support she needed to tame him.

Grainger was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), a condition where children have disruptive and oppositional behaviour that is directed towards authority figures.

In 2011, when he was 14, he returned to trouble and was given a second Asbo which lasted for two years after causing problems around the former One Stop shop in Hessle Road.

He was shoplifting, harassing staff and causing damage. By this point he had already been excluded from seven schools.

Just a year later Grainger was sent to a secure children’s home in Leeds after breaching the second order.

Grainger arriving at court in 2014

Grainger arriving at court in 2014

At the time, his mother said: “He was very upset when they took him away. He was crying his eyes out.”

She told at the time that her family were not getting enough help with him and her son “knew how to play the system” by a very young age.

Ward councillor Pete Allen said: “I don’t like to see any young lad get sent to a children’s home but if that’s the best thing fro him, it may not be a bad thing if there is a long-term gain.

“Sonny has to take advantage of this opportunity.”

However, he did not and he was soon back in trouble again.

In 2015, when he was 18, Grainger was back at court for attacking a man with a plank of wood after his brother had taken his own life the day before.

Hull Magistrates Court heard how Grainger took his frustration out on a man he mistakenly believed was trying to provoke him. He admitted four charges, including one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one of racially aggravated violence.

The victim of the attack suffered a number of facial injuries, including lumps on his head and bruising to his face.

Grainger also admitted racist language towards his victim. He was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, as well as a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Criminal friends

Grainger posed with guns with notorious criminal Liam Windas

Grainger posed with guns with notorious criminal Liam Windas

In 2015, he was seen in a picture on a Facebook profile with notorious Hull gangster Liam Windas.

The picture, from Sonny’s Facebook page, shows the pair posing with guns and smiling. Windas was jailed for 24 years in October this year after supplying drugs and guns across Hull.

Although Grainger has managed to behave since then it seems his troubled past was never far away.

Attacked man ‘for no reason’

This week he was jailed for causing grievous bodily harm after carrying out the sickening attack outside the King Edward pub in Anlaby Road “for no apparent reason” in the early hours of June 23.

Hull Crown Court heard how, after punching his victim, Grainger then followed him along Anlaby Road before kicking him in the head, leaving him and then going back and moving his unconscious body, leaving him and then going back and moving his unconscious body onto the path.

He then went back to the pub and “re-enacted” the attack to the bouncer.

Sonny Grainger has been sentenced for the attack

Sonny Grainger has been sentenced for the attack

His mitigation said Grainger had been thinking about his late brother – who’s birthday was coming up – and his former relationship which had recently ended.

Judge Bury said he had gone out to “drown his sorrows.”

Shocking CCTV footage was shown to the court.

Prosecuting, Mr Nigel Clive said the 21-year-old, now of Walsall Garth, had an “unenviable criminal record” who “first came to the court in 2008 to the youth court and he was back before the court regularly”.

Jailing Grainger to two years and four months – half of which he will serve in custody – Judge Bury said: “The incident was an unplanned one and your mental state was not the best that night. The CCTV doesn’t indicate any particular reason why you punched him, but punch him you did. You followed him and caught up with him at a busy junction and approached him.

“This was a repeated assault. You have previous for violence but they are not as serious as this. It is clear you are still young and I accept you are very sorry for what you have done but that doesn’t take back what you have done and for that you have to be punished, although I accept you had emotional issues at the time.”

Hull Daily Mail

Oskar Dunn-Koczorowki admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism

Oskar Dunn-Koczorowki admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism

A 17-year-old boy from west London has pleaded guilty to terror offences linked to the neo-Nazi group Sonnenkrieg Division.

Oskar Dunn-Koczorowki admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism.

He entered guilty pleas during an Old Bailey preliminary hearing.

A court order that prevented his identification was lifted by the judge.

He will be sentenced at a later date and will next appear on 25 February.

The charges state that in August this year Dunn-Koczorowki used accounts on the Gab social media site – including one for the Sonnenkrieg Division itself – to post material that would encourage others to prepare or engage in acts of terrorism.

He will be sentenced at a later date and will next appear the Old Bailey on 25 February 2019.

A co-defendant – Michael Szewczuk, 18, from Leeds – also appeared in court, but has not yet entered pleas.

Mr Szewczuk, a Polish national, is charged with five counts of encouraging terrorism and three of disseminating terrorist publications.

A provisional trial date was fixed for 13 May 2019 at Manchester Crown Court.

Both defendants were granted conditional bail.

BBC News

Matthew Glynn had an "obsession" with explosives and weapons, police said

Matthew Glynn had an “obsession” with explosives and weapons, police said

A bomb-maker who had a dartboard featuring images of Barack Obama, the Duchess of Cambridge and the popstar Cheryl has been jailed for five years.

Matthew Glynn had an arsenal of weapons including Samurai swords, axes and knives at his home in Horfield, Bristol.

He kept a viable improvised explosive device (IED) underneath his bed.

Glynn, 37, previously pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to five charges of making an explosive substance.

The court heard more than 6kg (13.2lb) of explosive powders, as well as other chemicals used for bomb making, were stashed in his property.

Glynn also bought a Wolverine-style weapon with four sharp blades, described as “horrific” by police.

A multi-bladed arm knife was found at Glynn's home by police

A multi-bladed arm knife was found at Glynn’s home by police

Sentencing him, Judge Peter Blair QC said: “There were large quantities of explosives which would have endangered life if they had have gone off.

“Police discovered a dartboard that you’d described to a work colleague as a board of people you hate.”

The judge said Glynn “had an interest in groups demonstrating anti Islamic sentiment” but material he posted on social media showed “more of a confused mind than a careful planning mind”.

Controlled explosions were carried out on the devices during a four-day evacuation of the area around his home in July.

Work colleague James Grogan tipped off police after seeing knives at Glynn's home

Work colleague James Grogan tipped off police after seeing knives at Glynn’s home

Glynn’s work colleague tipped the police off after he visited his house and saw swords and weapons.

James Grogan, who worked with Glynn at kitchen joinery Howdens, said the warehouse worker had joked when he sat on his bed that he was “sitting on a bomb” and had demonstrated racist and homophobic views.

Following the sentencing, Det Insp Dave Lewis said police were still not clear why Glynn had so many weapons and what he intended to do with them.

“That he had amassed this arsenal of weapons with such extensive dangers is very worrying,” he said.

Police said Glynn had never indicated why he was stockpiling explosives like this homemade bomb

Police said Glynn had never indicated why he was stockpiling explosives like this homemade bomb

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A neo-Nazi couple who named their baby after Adolf Hitler and were convicted of being members of a banned terrorist group have been jailed.

Claudia Patatas and Adam Thomas were members of National Action after it was banned under terrorism laws in December 2016

Claudia Patatas and Adam Thomas were members of National Action after it was banned under terrorism laws in December 2016

Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, from Banbury, were part of National Action and had “a long history of violent racist beliefs”, a judge said.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the couple gave their child the middle name Adolf in “admiration” of Hitler.

Thomas was jailed for six years and six months, and Patatas for five years.

In total six people were sentenced for being part of what Judge Melbourne Inman QC described as a group with “horrific aims”.

Daniel Bogunovic, 27, from Leicester, was convicted of being a member of the banned group after standing trial alongside the couple.

Described by prosecutors as a “committed National Action leader, propagandist and strategist”, he was jailed for six years and four months.

Darren Fletcher, 28, from Wolverhampton, Nathan Pryke, 27, from March, Cambridgeshire, and Joel Wilmore, 24, from Stockport, had previously pleaded guilty to being in the group.

Fletcher, described by the judge as an “extreme member”, was sentenced to five years.

Pryke, the group’s “security enforcer” was given five years and five months and Wilmore, the “banker” and “cyber security” specialist, was imprisoned for five years and 10 months.

Darren Fletcher, 28, from Wolverhampton, Nathan Pryke, 27, from March, Cambridgeshire, and Joel Wilmore, 24, from Stockport, had previously pleaded guilty to being in the group. Fletcher, described by the judge as an "extreme member", was sentenced to five years. Pryke, the group's "security enforcer" was given five years and five months and Wilmore, the "banker" and "cyber security" specialist, was imprisoned for five years and 10 months.

Darren Fletcher, 28, from Wolverhampton, Nathan Pryke, 27, from March, Cambridgeshire, and Joel Wilmore, 24, from Stockport, had previously pleaded guilty to being in the group.
Fletcher, described by the judge as an “extreme member”, was sentenced to five years.
Pryke, the group’s “security enforcer” was given five years and five months and Wilmore, the “banker” and “cyber security” specialist, was imprisoned for five years and 10 months.

Joel Wilmore (left), Nathan Pryke (centre) and Darren Fletcher admitted being in National Action before the trial began

Joel Wilmore (left), Nathan Pryke (centre) and Darren Fletcher admitted being in National Action before the trial began

The judge said of National Action: “It’s aims and objectives are the overthrow of democracy in this country by serious violence and murder and the imposition of a Nazi-style state that would eradicate whole sections of society.”

In sentencing Patatas, he added: “You were equally as extreme as Thomas both in your views and actions.

“You acted together in all you thought, said and did, in the naming of your son and the disturbing photographs of your child, surrounded by symbols of Nazism and the Ku Klux Klan.”

Thomas, a former Amazon security guard, and Patatas, a wedding photographer originally from Portugal, held hands and wept as they were sentenced.

Last week, the court heard Fletcher had trained his toddler daughter to perform a Nazi salute and sent a message to Patatas saying “finally got her to do it”.

Jurors saw images of Thomas wearing Ku Klux Klan robes while cradling his baby, which he claimed were “just play” but he admitted being a racist.

Adam Thomas said he first discovered a "fascination" with Ku Klux Klan aged 11

Thomas was also found guilty of having bomb making instructions for which he was given a two-year-and-six-month sentence which he will serve concurrently.

A police search of the home he shared with Patatas uncovered machetes, knives and crossbows – one kept just a few feet from the baby’s crib.

Extremist-themed paraphernalia including pendants, flags and clothing emblazoned with symbols of the Nazi-era SS and National Action was also recovered.

Among the items were a swastika-shaped pastry cutter and swastika scatter cushions.

  • National ActionThe group was founded in 2013 by Ben Raymond, now 29, and Alex Davies, now 24

    It was intended to be an explicitly neo-Nazi party

    Raymond was a politics graduate from the University of Essex, and Davies was a Welsh former member of the British National Party

    National Action shunned democratic politics, regarding itself instead as a youth-based street movement

    It is believed it never had more than 100 members

    Its activities involved leafleting university campuses, aggressive publicity stunts and city-centre demonstrations

    In 2015, 25-year-old member Zack Davies used a hammer and machete to attack a Sikh dentist and was jailed for attempted murder

    After the murder of Jo Cox in 2016, an official National Action Twitter account posted: “Only 649 MPs to go #WhiteJihad”

    The group was banned later that year after the government concluded it was “concerned in terrorism”

    It became the first far-right group to be proscribed in this country since World War Two

  • Fletcher was close friends with Thomas and Patatas

    Fletcher was close friends with Thomas and Patatas

    Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, said the defendants had taken part in National Action’s chat groups, posting comments that showed “virulent racism, particularly from Thomas, Patatas and Fletcher”.

    He added: “Leaders Pryke, Wilmore and Bogunovic were more circumspect in their views but on occasion the true depth of their racial hatred leeched out.”

    He said a deleted Skype log recovered from Thomas’s laptop stated that the “Midlands branch” of the neo-Nazi group would “continue the fight alone” after National Action disbanded after it was outlawed under anti-terror legislation in 2016.

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A MOTHER and her son were injured during a racially aggravated attack in Breightmet earlier this year, which resulted in one of the victims needing brain surgery.

Dale Hart outside Bolton Crown Court

The pair had been walking to a bus stop on their way to church, the 15-year-old son, Ray Nhial, had run ahead to make sure they caught the bus and ran past Dale Hart, who was walking in the opposite direction with his partner and child in a pram.

Bolton Crown Court heard how Hart thought Ray had hit or nudged the pram running past and said “watch where you’re going” or words to that effect.

A scuffle ensued the court was told by Colin Buckle, prosecuting, and Hart punched Ray. In the course of the scuffle Ray’s mother, Nyawig Mantywil Wor may have been struck as well.

Hart admitted in his plea that he had hurled racist abuse at the family.

The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident which happened in Padbury Way, Breightmet on Sunday, June 3 at about 2pm.

From the CCTV it was clear said The Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh that “there was no contact between Ray and the pram.”

Judge Walsh said: “You challenged him and after a verbal exchange, attacked him and punched him to the face.”

He added that: “It is apparent from the footage that you were the aggressor.”

The CCTV shows Mrs Wor stepping in to break the pair up, Judge Walsh said: “It is clear her actions were not aggressive but were designed and intended to bring an end to the scuffle… As the incident was being brought to an end you shouted racist abuse towards Ray Nhial and his family.”

Rosalind Scott Bell, defending, told the court: “He has to and did accept that in the heat of the moment he used language that was deeply offensive and he recognises such language is utterly inappropriate and he is contrite.

“The only matter Mr Hart was really concerned I conveyed was an apology to Mrs Wor and Ray themselves.”

Mrs Scott Bell told the court that Hart had been living in Glasgow with family for six months “for his own protection” and had been unable to return home in the last two weeks before sentencing because of concerning social media posts.

Mrs Scott Bell added: “He did accept he was the aggressor and they were his words.”

Following the incident the family got on the 561 First Bus and it drove away, however Mrs Wor became dizzy on the bus and got off to sit at another bus stop where she collapsed and was drifting in and out of consciousness.

Police officers and paramedics attended her and she was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital. There after a CT Scan it was discovered she hat a two brain bleeds and her brain had shifted inside her skull, requiring emergency surgery to relieve the pressure.

Mr Buckle told the court Mrs Wor was at a greater risk of brain bleeds because of a medical condition.

Yesterday the offender, Hart, aged 29, of Grantchester Way, Breightmet received a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years for affray and racially aggravated assault.

He must also complete 30 days of rehabilitation and carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

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