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A racist neighbour who placed a racist doll, vile messages and a camera in the window of his Sheffield home has been warned he could face jail.

Glynn Fairclough, of Retford Road, Handsworth, admitted charges of harrassment and racially aggravated harrassment at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The court heard he placed racist messages and a golly doll in his landing window facing the home of his neighbour.

He also threw litter and empty cans into her home over a period of 10 weeks between June and August this year.

Fairclough, 52, pleaded guilty to both charges and District Judge Paul Healey warned him he could face prison.

Judge Healey said: “You subjected the victim to a torrent of racist abuse over a period of time. Because you are charged with racially aggravated element to the offending I am allowed to commit the case to the Crown Court.

“You have a real risk of facing an immediate prison sentence.”

Judge Healey adjourned sentencing for three weeks so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared.

Fairclough was released on conditional bail until his next appearance on October 17.
Sheffield Star

 Michael Vickers, who has been locked up for 27 months

Michael Vickers, who has been locked up for 27 months

A KEIGHLEY man has been jailed for more than two years for a catalogue of offending, including ramming a car off the road and using someone else’s passport to travel to Spain.

Michael John Vickers, 35, of Shann Crescent, Keighley, was jailed for 27 months for 15 separate offences, which also included spitting in a police officer’s face and a racially aggravated public order offence.

Bradford Crown Court was told the offences relate to an ongoing feud between Vickers’ family and another family in the town.

The first offence to take place was on January 9, 2017, prosecutor David Hall explained.

He said Vickers used racist language towards two Asian men, before punches were exchanged, initiated by Vickers’ son.

Shortly after Vickers and his son got out of their car and continued to be aggressive, punching and kicking the men.

The next offending was three counts of breaching a non-molestation order while at prison on May 19 and June 14, when he sent letters and an abusive Snapchat message to his former partner.

On July 31, 2017, he failed to surrender to custody at Leeds Magistrates Court and was convicted in his absence.

He breached the non-molestation order again on August 4, 2017, when police had to be called to arrest him when he was found hiding in the loft at his former partner’s house.

He resisted arrest and also assaulted a police officer by spitting in his face, and was “argumentative and difficult after being arrested”, said Mr Hall.

On December 9 last year, while driving along Oakworth Road, Keighley, Vickers rammed another vehicle off the road.

He was driving towards a Nissan Micra in his Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck, causing the car to swerve out of the way. He then turned his truck round and chased the car, ramming it from behind, damaging the car and causing the three passengers minor injuries.

He also admitted sending threatening Snapchat messages to a man who was due to give evidence in a court case, and affray, where he along with three other men drove to another man’s house, before getting out, pointing a stick towards the man in his seventh floor flat, and making a throat-cutting gesture.

On May 8 of this year, he was arrested at Leeds Bradford Airport after flying home from Alicante using a friend’s passport.

Julian White, mitigating, said the offending was due to an ongoing feud between families, and many of the offences were due to frustration from Vickers at the situation.

He said Vickers fled to Alicante in an attempt to lay low to stop the feud, “but realised it was pointless and came back”.

In sentencing, the Recorder of Bradford Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said Vickers had “been appearing at court with depressing regularity”.

He said: “The racially aggravated abuse troubles me, what happened was out of order.

“You used your car as a weapon which is clearly dangerous driving. This court does not approve of feuds.”

Vickers was jailed for six months for the racial incident, one month per non-molestation order breach and six months for affray to be served concurrently.

He also received one month for assaulting a police officer, 12 months for dangerous driving, three months for perverting the course of justice, and five months for using false travel documents to be served consecutively, and no further penalties for failing to surrender and criminal damage.

Telegraph and Argus

A thug hurled foul racial abuse at a takeaway restaurant worker and assaulted his mother’s girlfriend.

Daniel Habberjam had 10 months added to the two-year prison sentence he is currently serving for a violent street attack on a former girlfriend in front of her three-year-old daughter.

Leeds Crown Court heard Habberjam was drunk when he entered a takeaway in Pontefract town centre on June 26 last year and accused a member of staff of being a “nonse”.

Habberjam shouted foul-mouthed racist abuse at the victim and accused him of having sex with an underage girl.

Habberjam also said: “Get out of our country, you do not belong here.”

The 30-year-old smashed a car window outside the premises as he left.

Robert Yates, prosecuting, said Habberjam attacked his partner’s mother days later at her home in Pontefract.

He threw her onto a sofa and grabbed her throat during the incident before being stopped by his partner.

Habberjam, of Cromwell Crescent, Pontefract, pleaded guilty to assault, criminal damage, racially aggravated threatening behaviour and breach of a criminal behaviour order.

The court heard Habberjam has previous convictions for violence.

He was given a two-year sentence earlier this year for punching his former partner in the street and throwing her to the floor. Christopher Morton, mitigating, said Habberjam had admitted the offences at an early stage.

Mr Morton said his client was now single, employed and expected his prison sentence to be increased. Sentencing Habberjam judge Christopher Batty said: “You have got an awful record for violence and abuse and damage.”

Wakefield Express

The evil views of a man who has appeared in court for calling for Muslims to be gassed and put on bonfires are still being watched on video-sharing website YouTube.

The twisted videos posted by white supremacist Jonathan Damian Jennings are still being hosted by the Google-owned website.

In long monologues lasting up to 40 minutes each, the 34-year-old from Brynamman, Carmarthenshire, pours out his bitter, murderous world view.

One strange and chilling video entitled ‘A Royal message from Meghan Markle’ shows a black golliwog doll with Jennings hoarsely saying ‘Harry, darling, I’ve become a trans’.

In others, he fulminates against “feral, inbred, raping” Muslims, lauds Finsbury Park mosque killer Darren Osborne and attacks gay people.

Jennings was jailed for 16 months in Swansea Crown Court last week over messages he posted on the American-based social networking site GAB, which styles itself as a “free speech” platform.

Those posts warned Jews that they would “get the same treatment as Muslims” and called for prominent EU remain campaigner Gina Miller to be hunted down and killed, as well as boasting he would first in line to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

But although his Twitter, @BZNTweets, has been taken down, his YouTube channel is still up.

The channel, called MrJDJennings, has been online since July 3, 2009.

It has had 187,366 views in that time, with 423 subscribers. The last video was uploaded five months ago.

Online still there are a few dozen videos featuring Jennings’ ramblings, including a few recordings of his ‘White Genocide Podcast, with one episode called ‘Jo Coxsucker’ with a picture of a noose.

Jennings refers to himself in t videos as ‘BLAZINOAH, Fuhrer of the troll Reich’.

In one video, called ‘Truth is Haram’, he refers to a storyline in Coronation Street where teenager Bethany Platt is raped by a member of a sex ring.

Jennings says in the video: “Why is the leader of the Bethany Platt character rape gang a white man, when in real life it would be a Muslim Pakistani?

“Coronation Street on some level is meant to be a reflection of real life.”

Jonathan Jennings pled guilty to 10 offences

Jonathan Jennings pled guilty to 10 offences

In another podcast, called ‘Darren Osborne Did Nothing Wrong’, Jennings refers to Osborne , who as found guilty of murder and attempted murder after deliberately mowed down people outside two mosques in north London in June last year, as the ‘Saint of Finsbury Park’.

He says it in attacks Muslims and says: “This will coming to a town near you soon. It most probably already has. Get back to the desert, you raping, inbred b******* and climb back on your camels.

“Islam’s ideology doesn’t belong here.”

He also refers to gay people in the UK as the ‘Geystapo’.

Jennings said in the video: “I was on my travels last week when something caught my eye that initially shocked me, and on second site, disturbed me. It was the sight of an LGBT rainbow flag fling outside a police station.

“I had to do a double take when I first saw, I couldn’t believe it. It was the equivalent of seeing a Nazi swastika flag flying outside a mosque or the ISIS flag flying outside Buckingham Palace.

“Homosexuality is wrong. It causes damage not only to those who partake in it, but society as a whole.”

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to 10 counts of publishing threatening written material to stir up religious hatred, sending an electronic communication conveying a threatening message, and sending an electronic communication of an offensive nature when he appeared at Swansea Crown Court via videolink from prison on July 20.

YouTube have been contacted for comment.

Wales Online

A FAR-right supporter who set fire to Newport’s Masonic Lodge and Bassaleg secondary school, and daubed swastikas and racist slogans on buildings across the city, has been jailed for a total of six years.

Austin Ross, 23, carried out the two arson attacks and his spree of hate-fuelled criminal damage during May this year.

The Riverfront Theatre, Maindee primary school, Gwent Probation Service’s Lower Dock Street offices, and the Bethel Community Church were among his other targets.

Ross, of Romney Close, St Julians, Newport, carried out the attacks, said Judge Jeremy Jenkins, “out of sheer hatred and malice”, based on a “perverted view of race and religion”.

Ross pleaded guilty last month to 15 charges, including two of arson.

He began by sticking a racially offensive poster,, and spray painting a swastika, on a window at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport, between May 2 and May 5.

The poster, along with several others Ross subsequently stuck to buildings in Newport, referenced the neo-Nazi System Resistance Network (SRN).

On May 4, the Bethel Community Church was targeted with posters and swastikas, as was Maindee primary school, where parents removed posters and handed them in to the school.

The school was targeted again on May 8 and May 25, but Ross had in the interim stuck posters and daubed swastikas on a wall at the Newport Centre.

Between May 25-30 he targeted the Gwent Probation Service building on Lower Dock Street with a spray painted far right message.

And on May 28, racist graffiti and a swastika were daubed on a wall at the University of South Wales campus on Usk Way.

Ross’ criminal activities then took an even more sinister turn.

On the night of May 28 he posted a flammable liquid through the letterbox at the Masonic Lodge in Lower Dock Street and set fire to it – an act caught on CCTV – causing £38,000 of damage.

And on the same night he caused around £20,000 of damage to a classroom at Bassaleg School after setting fire to a window blind.

Both buildings were also daubed with racist graffiti.

Police issued CCTV images of a man clad in black clothing, to try to track down the perpetrator.

Acting on a tip-off, they arrested Ross at an address in Grosvenor Road, Bassaleg, on June 5.

The Bassaleg and the Romney Close addresses were searched, and items found included cardboard swastika stencils and neo-Nazi posters.

Defence counsel Harry Baker said several references submitted on behalf of Ross showed “a different side” to him.

But sentencing him, Judge Jenkins was scathing of Ross’ crimes.

“You daubed swastikas and other highly offensive literature on schools, a church, a theatre, a footbridge and other buildings,” he said.

“You deliberately set fire to the Masonic Lodge and Bassaleg secondary school.

“Your actions were not born of some mental disorder, but out of hatred and malice based upon your perverted view of race and religion, and others dissimilar to yourself.

“That, in a civilised society is as abhorrent as it is impossible to comprehend.”

Ross was sentenced to three years in prison on each arson charge, to run consecutively.

He was also sentenced to six months on each of 13 charges of racially aggravated criminal damage. These will run concurrently to the arson sentences.

Speaking after the senetencing hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Wilkie, of Gwent Police, said: “The offences committed by Ross in Newport in May of this year were very serious, and understandably resulted in concern and distress throughout our community.

“There is no place for hate crime in Gwent, and we will continue to take a zero tolerance approach to this type of offending.

“We are committed to ensuring our neighbourhoods are welcoming and safe places for everyone, and any crime motivated by racial, sexual, or any other prejudice, will be investigated thoroughly and any offender dealt with robustly.

“We would encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed an incident or crime that they perceive to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, to report to us directly on 101 or 999, online at or through Victim Support on 0300 30 31 982.”

Cerys Beresford-Evans of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Ross spread his racist messages around Newport by causing damage and destruction to buildings.

“Hate crime has no place in a civilised society and has a devastating impact on not only individuals, but on communities.

“The CPS will continue to work with our partners in the criminal justice system to address all forms of hate crime.”

South Wales Argus

Sean Gorman, 18, had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated stabbing of Syrian Shabaz Ali

A teenager has been sentenced to seven years and nine months in detention for the racially aggravated attempted murder of a Syrian refugee.

Sean Gorman, 18, previously pleaded guilty to attacking Shabaz Ali, 25, a refugee. He repeatedly stabbed Ali in the chest and stomach during an argument about noise levels in a privately owned homeless hostel in Edinburgh in May.

Passing sentence at the high court in Edinburgh, the judge, Lord Woolman, told Gorman the attack had caused his victim serious physical and psychological harm.

“He cannot work. He can only take short walks with the aid of a walking stick. He awaits further surgery.”

The incident took place at a ground-floor hostel used by Edinburgh council near the Tollcross area of the city. It is thought Ali intervened in a row involving his female cousin, who was also based at the hostel, and a group of people including Gorman, who was then 17.

Gorman also pleaded guilty to the racially aggravated alarm of a woman, thought to be Ali’s cousin. Ali’s father claimed he could hear his son’s attackers shout: “Why are you still here? Why are you not back in your own country?”

The family came from Kobanî in northern Syria, and had been living in Scotland for five years. At the time of the attack, Ali was working as a barber in the Portobello area of Edinburgh and staying in a hostel as he looked for a new home.

Campaigners with Positive Action in Housing (PAIH), a Glasgow-based charity that launched a fundraising campaign for the family, said at the time of the attack that it had heard numerous reports of refugee families in Midlothian near Edinburgh suffering racist abuse and stone-throwing incidents, as well as instances in other parts of Scotland.

Following the sentencing, DCI Paul Grainger of Police Scotland said: “Gorman used appalling racist language before perpetrating significant violence against the victim, who was left fighting for his life.

“I cannot condemn the circumstances of this case strongly enough. Edinburgh thrives on diversity and Gorman’s actions do not in any way reflect the values of our city.

“Significant support has been shown across the capital for the victim and his family, which is far more representative of the strength of inclusivity across our communities.”

Issuing a statement on behalf of Ali’s father, Sivan, the solicitor Aamer Anwar said: “Shabaz’s father welcomes the significant sentence imposed today by Lord Woolman and the message sent out to violent racists like Sean Gorman.”

Describing Shabaz as “a hardworking, peaceful young man who tried to rebuild his life after Syria”, the statement also repeated allegations that, days before the attack, the victim had told Edinburgh council that he felt unsafe in his temporary accommodation “but his pleas for help were ignored”. The council has insisted it takes the safety of hostel residents “very seriously”.

The Guardian

Welsh man Jonathan Jennings handed 16-month prison sentence for Islamophobic and threatening posts

Jonathan Jennings pled guilty to 10 offences

Jonathan Jennings pled guilty to 10 offences

A man who posted anti-Muslim messages on social media and made a threat to kill Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been jailed for 16 months.

Jonathan Jennings used platforms such as YouTube and GAB – billed as the “free speech” social network – to make Islamophobic statements inciting religious hatred.

Prosecutors revealed the 34-year-old man from Carmarthenshire had written posts calling for all Muslims to be gassed and to be forcibly sterilised. He claimed those who tried to convert others to Islam should be sentenced to death.

He repeatedly called for the murder of Muslims and supported “bomb a mosque day” suggested by another extremist, Nigel Pelham, who was jailed last year.

Sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, Jennings pled guilty to four offences of inciting racial hatred and another six offences related to the sending of material with the intention of causing distress and anxiety.

The Crown Prosecution Service today said his jail sentence “reflects the seriousness of his crimes.”

Between March and August last year, Jennings also posted a series of threatening messages about left-leaning public figures and one about the Jewish community, alongside his diatribes about British Muslims.

In March 2017 he called Gina Miller – the prominent lawyer who led a legal challenge against Brexit – a traitor and called for her to be executed.

A few months later he said if Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister he would be first in line to “Jo Cox him” – a reference to the murder of the Labour MP by a right-wing extremist back in June 2016.

Another message stated that Hitler was born a 100 years too soon. He went on to threaten the Jewish community, saying if they did not behave themselves they would share the same fate as Muslims.

Deb Walsh from the CPS said: “Jonathan Jennings’ hatred of Muslims led him to post online messages stirring up animosity towards a whole community.

“He did not limit himself to expressing his views but called on others to indiscriminately kill Muslims and bomb mosques. Jennings also targeted the Jewish community and called for public figures whose views he did not like to be executed.

“The prison sentence reflects the seriousness of his crimes.”

Detective Superintendent Jim Hall of the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit said: “We are committed to tackling all forms of extremism which has the potential to threaten public safety and security.

“Such was the strength of evidence of Jennings’ activities that he entered guilty pleas to all of the offences.

“There have been a number of successful prosecutions over recent years and this is testament to the work of police teams up and down the country.”

DS Jim Hall hailed the help of the public in identifying incitement of racial hatred and other forms of extremism.

“Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them,” he said. “To effectively combat the terrorism threat the police, businesses, government and the general public need to work together.”

“Anyone who sees or hears something that could be terrorist-related should act on their instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321.”

The Independent