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Kelli Best was devastated when ­daughter Skylah was stillborn at 25 weeks amid a ­campaign of intimidation by the far-right group – banned from Facebook last week

Kelli Best with her daughter Skylah, who was stillborn at 25 weeks (Image: SWNS)

Kelli Best with her daughter Skylah, who was stillborn at 25 weeks (Image: SWNS)

Kelli Best was devastated when ­daughter Skylah was stillborn at 25 weeks.

The tragedy happened amid a ­campaign of intimidation by the far-right group – banned from Facebook last week.

Its founders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding harassed Kelli and her two young sons while her Muslim partner was ­remanded in custody awaiting trial for rape.

The pair filmed 23-year-old Kelli, abused her at home and handed out leaflets about the case to neighbours.

Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen

Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen

One night the mum was bathing her two young sons when they arrived at her house and shouted through the letterbox: “Dirty Muslim rapist.”

Kelli recalled: “My son kept saying, ‘I’m not dirty Mummy. I’ve just got out of the bath.’

“I was so scared. I didn’t know what they were going to do. I thought they were going to come in and attack me.

“It was just me and my boys. I took them into the back room and we hid in the dark.”

Just 36 hours after the attack, Kelli – who was six weeks pregnant at the time – suffered a haemorrhage.

She said: “I had three panic attacks within an hour of them leaving.

“My whole body was shaking ­uncontrollably. It must have been under immense pressure. I’ve had two healthy children and no complications before.”

After being given a police panic alarm she was in and out of hospital and suffered repeated bleeding before Skylah was stillborn last September.

She said: “Even the day I gave birth I was convinced she was still alive. “The funeral took a long time to arrange so I went to see her for two weeks every day.

“When she was born I kissed her head. She was a beautiful angel and was buried in a white coffin.

“I carried her into the church.”

Her boys have been left scarred by Britain First’s thuggish harassment at their home in Ramsgate, Kent.

Kelli said: “My son still gets scared if anyone knocks at the door.

“He tells everybody about the naughty people that came to the house. He would say, ‘I’m not dirty,’ for a long time. He still has nightmares.” Kelli dumped her partner, Tamin Rahmani, 38, a pizza boss, when he was convicted at Canterbury crown court and jailed for 14 years last September.

The Afghan – who is the father of her two boys – raped a 16-year-old white girl above his takeaway in Ramsgate with two other Muslim pizza workers and an ­unnamed youth.

Kelli said: “I got back home after a weekend away to see the police had raided my home. I didn’t know what was going on.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard what he’d done.”

The case attracted the ­attention of Britain First founders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding. They handed out leaflets and posted online videos about the case and were jailed by Folkestone magistrates earlier this month for religiously aggravated harassment.

Fransen, 32 – who is Britain First’s deputy leader – was sentenced to 36 weeks. ­The group’s co-founder and leader Golding got 18 weeks.

Kelli gave evidence behind a ­curtain during the case because she was ­petrified to be in the same room.

Kelli said: “Jayda just wanted people to hate me and be in fear for my life.

“She posted leaflets round the street with a picture of my ex-partner explaining the crimes along with my address.

“He didn’t even live there. She was knocking on people’s doors to get a witch hunt going. But I was a victim. I didn’t do anything wrong.

“Me and my boys are innocent. They are babies.”

Kelli has been too scared to leave her home for fear of being killed and is ­moving house. She said: “I’m constantly worried someone will break in. I have to check every room in the house to make sure no one is there. I try not to go out on my own.

“I get panic attacks just picking up my son from nursery.” Kelli was horrified when US President Donald Trump ­catapulted Fransen to fame by sharing her notorious Twitter posts with his 23 million followers in November.

She said: “Trump gave her a platform to millions of people. That scared me even more. When I saw Trump had retweeted her on the news I was shocked.

“I thought with his backing I would be harassed even more. It felt like everyone was on her side.”

Fransen and Golding founded Britain First in 2011 and run it from their £400,000 home in Penge, South East London. Last Wednesday Facebook banned the group from using the site to spread its messages of hate and racism.

Its Facebook page – which included a picture of its leaders captioned “Islamaphobic and proud” – had more than two million likes.

Prime Minster Theresa May welcomed the ban, which came after the group ­repeatedly posted twisted anti-Muslim videos despite repeated warnings.

There have been calls for Britain First to be listed as a terror organisation.

Kelli said: “Jayda and Paul should have been locked up for longer.

“But no matter how long they got, it would never be enough.

“That day has changed me forever. Jayda had the opportunity to say sorry but she didn’t. She just wanted fame.”

Britain First leader Paul Golding has begged governors to move him to the SAME unit for vulnerable prisoners as the Muslim rapists he protested against.

Golding, 36, feared for his life when he arrived at HMP Elmley, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, earlier this month, said a source.

But the three rapists were already in the segregated unit so his request was turned down over fears they could attack him.

And last Wednesday, less than a week after he arrived, two other lags beat him up and broke his nose in the main prison.

The source said: “As soon as Golding arrived at the jail he requested to be housed in the vulnerable prisoner unit.

“With around 100 Muslims here, the last thing Golding wanted was to be put on one of the ordinary wings. He would rather mix with sex offenders and other vulnerable inmates. He really fears for his life.”

Golding, who is serving 18 months for religiously aggravated harassment, has decided to stay in his cell.

Tamin Rahmani, 38, Shershah Muslimyar, 21, and Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, and a boy of 17 got a total of 49 years for rape.

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The 26-year-old admitted racial assault but will see a community psychiatric nurse before he is sentenced

A father-of-two from Folkestone has admitted a racist attack on a Muslim traffic warden because he gave him a parking ticket.

Jordan Tanner, 26, of Pilgrim Spring, egged and tried to pull the warden out of his car after he woke up to a parking ticket on his street.

Tanner previously denied the offence and said the enforcement officer was a “terrorist to motorists”, but today (February 20) admitted racial assault.

John Bishop, prosecuting, told Folkestone Magistrates’ Court that a Polo had been following two traffic enforcement officers on George Gurr Crescent and blocked them in.

Jordan Tanner, 25, previously said he did not mention terrorist in a "racial way"

Jordan Tanner, 25, previously said he did not mention terrorist in a “racial way”

He said: “The defendant started to throw eggs at the enforcement officer’s vehicle.

“Two were thrown at the window screen and broke.

“He went to the driver’s door, opened it, grabbed Firat Yildrim and tried to pull him out of the vehicle, calling him a terrorist.”

‘Middle finger’

He added that the victim, who has a “Middle Eastern appearance”, took this to be a reference to his race or religion.

The prosecution continued: “The defendant pulled up behind the officers’ car, got out of the car, went into an address at the top of George Gurr Crescent, got back into his Polo and drove past sticking his middle finger up.

“Both officers managed to take photographs of the incident on their mobile phone.”

Pat Cuffe, defending, said although Tanner is in a relationship, has two children, and earns a good wage, he has underlying mental health issues and gets “very, very angry”.

He said: “We all get parking tickets, but we don’t always go and complain about it.

“We do not then go and confront parking control officers and throw eggs.”

The defence added that Tanner, who is on anti-depressants, “goes a step outside what the normal man and woman in the street would do”.

He requested that the 26-year-old has an assessment with a community psychiatric nurse to “protect the public” and “stop this sort of behaviour happening again”.

Tanner, who the court heard has a previous conviction for criminal damage after he became upset when he was arrested for assault on his partner in 2011, will be sentenced on Wednesday, March 14.

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A father and son broke down after being sentenced for their part in a brawl at a bar in Folkestone.

Jordan Manwarning, 20, and Paul Manwarning, 40, both pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and affray.

Paul Manwarning was sent to prison for the incident.

Paul Manwarning was sent to prison for the incident.

At Folkestone Magistrates’ Court yesterday (June 27) the 20-year-old was handed a 12 month suspended sentence for two years and stood next to his father in the dock as he was sentenced to 12 months. He will spend six months in custody and the remaining six on license.

The charges relate to an incident in January 21 at the Office Bar in The Leas.

Frances Lawson, prosecuting, said: “At 11pm two groups of young people were involved in an altercation in the bar, each group containing five individuals. One of the groups included the defendant, Jordan Manwarning.

“Forty-five minutes later he was seen returning to the bar with a group of males, including his father.

“They were seen holding weapons – Paul Manwarning had a baseball bat. Jordan Manwarning carrying a snapped pole or wooden stick.

“Their behaviour was described as aggressive and they were shouting ‘where are they?’

“CCTV footage shows Jordan Manwarning pushing his chest into members of the public trying to calm the situation down.”

Ms Lawson read out a statement from the bar manager who tried to stop the fight where she said it was the ‘first time in 13 years she had felt frightened’ while working at the bar.

‘An ugly incident’

Jordan Manwarning was seen throwing punches and being pulled back by his father who then swung the baseball bat.

It snapped on a man’s shoulder but the victim did not co-operate with prosecution in the case.

Defending, Kerry Waitt said it was unusual behaviour and he was sorry about the incident.

He told the court: “This is an ugly incident, a very disturbing and frightening incident for anyone present at the bar and not the sort of behaviour representative of my client’s ordinary conduct.

“He is remorseful and that is evident by his plea at the earliest opportunity.”

Phil Rowley, representing Paul Manwarning, agreed with Mr Waitt’s description of the night’s events.

He said: “It was an ugly incident and one the defendant is truly ashamed of his part in.

“He was not intending on involving himself in any unlawful behaviour that evening. He had spent the evening at his partner’s house and returned home once his three year old had gone to bed.”

Manwaring received a call from his son who was distressed and he arrived at the venue to help him.

He also said Mr Manwarning has previously suffered with anxiety and depression and stopped taking medication for this until the case started again.

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As Judge Branston began to read his judgement, the 40-year-old began to cry and put his head in his hands and called out ‘I’ll lose everything.’

His partner was also crying in the public gallery.

Judge Branston said: “Violence like this can not be tolerated. You are his father. you should lead by example and the example you lead by is an appalling one.

“You were the older man and a mature adult and your involvement was more dangerous.”

Jordan Manwarning was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and subject to a curfew between 7pm and 5am.

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