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Dominic Howe admitted having a Samurai sword in the street.

Dominic Howe admitted having a Samurai sword in the street.


A MENTALLY ill man, armed with a samurai sword, was on the way to avenge his uncle’s death when he was stopped by police in South Tyneside, a court heard.

Dominic Lewis Howe has been banned from South Tyneside for six months after being found with the 18-inch weapon while under the influence of drink and drugs.

The court heard a resident had raised the alarm after spotting the 20-year-old staggering along Sheridan Road, South Shields, at about 8am on Monday, with the handle of the sword sticking out of his trousers.

Howe was arrested and, after he’d sobered up, told police he had been on his way to find the man who had supplied his uncle with the drugs he used to kill himself with an overdose.

Yesterday, Howe, of Percy Road, Whitley Bay, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “He told police he had been drinking. He had gone to watch Newcastle play and had been drinking.

“He had also taken cocaine and ended up in a friend’s house in Whiteleas.

“He continued drinking and began to think about his uncle, who died of a drugs overdose. He wanted to find the man who sold his uncle the drugs, and he went out with the intention of trying to kill that person.

“All that was on his mind was revenge.” The court was told that Howe has been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and is hoping to receive medication in order to treat the illness.

Geoffrey Forrester, defending, said: “Looking at the reality of the situation, the defendant was extremely intoxicated and was staggering around with the sword down his trousers.

“In all probability he presented more of a threat to himself than to anyone else.

“There was no suggestion he was waving this sword around.

“This was something that was going to end with him being arrested by police before anything was going to happen. He wasn’t in any state to do anything.”

Magistrates warned Howe, who pleaded guilty to being in possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, that they were considering sending him to jail.

However, the court heard from the probation service that sending him to prison would be detrimental to his mental health condition.

Chairman of the Bench, Robert McDonald, said: “The bench has spent considerable time discussing how to deal with you for what is a very serious offence.

“Carrying that weapon in itself is dangerous. However, you did not produce it or threaten anyone, which is something we have taken into account.

“We were very close to sending you to prison.”

Howe was jailed for 12 weeks, suspended for 18 months, with 18 months supervision and banned from South Tyneside for six months.

Shields Gazette

Opposing factions hurled missiles and caused up to £25,000 of damage to St George’s Hall left daubed with Nazi swastikas

Right-wing activists involved in violent clashes between neo-Nazis and anti-fascists outside Lime Street Station have been jailed.

A woman was left scarred for life, a man suffered a broken nose and a police officer was knocked unconscious in ugly scenes last year.

Liverpool Crown Court heard opposing factions hurled missiles and caused up to £25,000 of damage to the historic St George’s Hall.

Nazi swastikas were daubed on walls, cobble stones were torn up from the building’s plateau and a Victorian statue was damaged.

Shane Calvert, Wayne Bell and Brian Stamp today appeared in court, alongside allies Nikki Prescott and Alan Raine. Calvert admitted conspiracy to commit violent disorder, while Bell was convicted after a trial. Prescott, Raine and Stamp admitted affray.

Bell liaised with Merseyside Police to organise “The White Man March” for now-banned fascist terrorist group National Action on August 15, 2015.The event, in Liverpool, ended in “humiliating failure” for the far right, after they were met by a much larger group of counter-protesters.

Simon Driver, prosecuting, said the fascists “were forced to take refuge in a left-luggage facility” before police escorted them to trains. Stung by the embarrassment, another far right group, the North West Infidels, headed to Liverpool on February 27, 2016.

Police were not informed and organiser Calvert deliberately changed the location of the “anti-immigration demonstration” from Manchester to Liverpool.

Brian Stamp, 34, from South Shields, jailed for 16 months after admitting affray

Brian Stamp, 34, from South Shields, jailed for 16 months after admitting affray

Fascists were again met by police and counter-protesters but had enlisted a group of Polish men called the “Polish Hooligans”. One cluster of far right-supporters congregated at the Crown Pub, including Stamp, Prescott and Raine, at around 11.30am.

A second group, including Calvert and Bell, gathered on the steps of St George’s Hall, as trouble flared at around 1.30pm.

Mr Driver said: “They displayed North West Infidels banners and neo-Nazi flags. They made gestures, which included the Nazi style ‘sieg heil’ salutes.”

CCTV showed the stand-off, with rival factions separated by riot police, who held the first group at the pub and escorted them away. Smoke canisters and fireworks were thrown and, at 2.30pm, the group near the hall were joined by the Poles.

Wayne Bell, 37, from Castleford, jailed for two and a half years after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder

Wayne Bell, 37, from Castleford, jailed for two and a half years after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder

They wore black hoodies emblazoned with “Polska Hooligans” and badges showing a person being kicked, captioned “good night left side”.

Police came under attack from both sides with industrial fireworks, flares, bottles, cobble stones and eggs. Mr Driver said: “A police inspector was knocked unconscious by a missile and a police constable suffered a broken wrist.”

A young female bystander suffered a facial gash requiring plastic surgery and a man suffered a cut and broken nose. People attending an antiques fair within the hall had to be locked in for their own safety.

A 75-year-old black woman who emerged was racially abused and struck in the forehead by a stone. Police eventually encircled the fascists and marched them to the station.

Shane Calvert, 36, from Blackburn, jailed for two years after admitting conspiracy to commit violent disorder

Shane Calvert, 36, from Blackburn, jailed for two years after admitting conspiracy to commit violent disorder

Mr Driver said Calvert wished to “avenge” the previous defeat, as shown in text messages to a man called Garron Helm. He and Bell, who bragged of punching left-wing activists “like that game whack attack”, recruited the Poles.

They exchanged messages talking of “payback time for Liverpool” and Bell spoke of “the local n***** population”.

Stamp boasted of buying “bad boy” gloves with reinforced knuckle-pads, which he was filmed wearing. Raine was recorded threatening “I’ll bite your f***ing face off” and Prescott yelling “come on then, let’s f***ing have it”.

Judge Menary imposed criminal behaviour orders, banning the five men from entering Liverpool for five years, for their “planned hooliganism”.

Billy Duggan, from Duggan & Parr Stone Repair Ltd, surveying the graffiti on St George's Hall

Billy Duggan, from Duggan & Parr Stone Repair Ltd, surveying the graffiti on St George’s Hall

He said: “There will, I have no doubt, be those on both sides of this political divide who are motivated by a desire to promote genuinely-held ideological beliefs – however repugnant or deeply offensive those views might appear to others.

“But I am equally sure that many of the people involved in the disorder on these occasions have made the journey or have involved themselves for no reason other than to behave like hooligans.”

Judge Menary jailed Calvert, 36, from Blackburn, for two years and Stamp, 34, from South Shields, who “came to Liverpool prepared for a fight” for 16 months.

He jailed Bell, 37, from Castleford, for two and a half years, telling him: “Your attitude towards other groups was deeply offensive, racist and you celebrated violent confrontation.”

Unemployed Raine, 41, from Sunderland, and doorman Prescott, 43, from Blackburn, each received 16 months in jail, suspended for two years.

Raine received a 25-day rehabilitation activity, 200 hours of unpaid work and a four-month home curfew, from 8pm to 6am. Prescott must complete a 30-day rehabilitation activity, 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 compensation.

Liverpool Echo

Golding appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court after admitting assault by beating

Paul Golding pictured outside Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court

Paul Golding pictured outside Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court

The leader of Britain First has been sentenced for assaulting a martial arts instructor.

Paul Golding, of Beeches Close, Penge, South London, attacked Dean Williams in a Maidstone nightclub during the early hours of July 9.

He admitted a charge of assault by beating when he appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on October 17.

And today (Tuesday) he was given a 120 day suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Golding was also told to pay £750 compensation to his victim, pay a £115 victim surcharge and another £85 in court costs.

Summing up, magistrate Alan Austen described it as “a really nasty and vicious assault in a public place”.

The court had previously heard Golding and Mr Williams, a mixed martial arts expert, had originally met in Derbyshire.

Golding later invited him to a self defence course in Erith and the pair, along with others, had gone out for a meal.

Later that evening Mr Williams said Golding “became very aggressive, drew his head back slightly and headbutted me in the face”.

The victim said he had suffered whiplash, chipped teeth and swelling and bruising to his nose.

“I attended my doctor’s surgery and am very shocked at the incident,” he added.

Defending, Golding’s lawyer said there was CCTV of the incident which showed there had been a degree provocation.

He said: “At the bar where they both were Mr Golding put his arm round the victim’s shoulder in a friendly, amicable way.

“The victim took exception to that and threw his arm off his shoulder.

“And Mr Golding walked away not just once, but twice.”

Golding, 35, is facing three charges of religiously aggravated harassment in relation to the trial of a gang of men who raped a teenager above a Ramsgate takeaway.

He is set for a three day trial next month, alongside deputy Britain First leader Jayda Fransen.

Kent Live

Josh Ingram made a post on Facebook from Grimsby Crown Court where he was sentenced for threatening to kill a young woman and her son

Joshua Ingram leaves Grimsby Crown Court minutes after a taunting post, inset, appeared on his Facebook page (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

Joshua Ingram leaves Grimsby Crown Court minutes after a taunting post, inset, appeared on his Facebook page (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)


A grinning thug from Grimsby posted a sick Facebook post as he sat in court waiting to be sentenced for assaulting a woman and threatening to throw her terrified toddler out of a window.

Josh Ingram, 18, of Gilbey Road, joked and larked about with his supporters outside Grimsby Crown Court after he escaped jail, despite admitting charges of making threats to kill, assault and causing criminal damage.

But moments earlier, while still in court, Ingram made an abusive post on his Facebook page which appeared to be directed at his victim.

Writing a status update at 12.48pm from the court building, Ingram wrote: “Hahaha what a trampy liarr, still laughinggg like alwaysss (sic).”

Swaggering Ingram, described by his own solicitor as a “stupid young man”, walked free from court at 1.10pm after being given a suspended prison sentence and a life ban from contacting his victims.

A woman who appeared to be a relative later replied to his status, posting: “Bit daft writing this don’t you think?

The court was told how Ingram had shoved the toddler’s head into a wall, put a knife against his mum’s face and tried to smother her with a pillow during the terrifying ordeal on May 7, in which he told them both they would die.

During the court case, Craig Lowe, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Ingram was at the home of his ex-girlfriend when his mood changed and he became very “nasty” towards her very young son.

He shoved the toddler’s head against a wall, causing him to scream, and told the woman: “You watch. I’m going to go mad.”

Ingram “smashed up stuff” and threw the boy’s rocking horse across the room. The boy was screaming and shaking.

ngram told the woman: “I’m going to throw him down the stairs. I’m going to throw him out of the window.”

The teenager later grabbed a knife and looked “so angry” before shouting: “I’m going to kill you both. You’re both going to die.”

Ingram put the knife to the woman’s face and told the boy: “I’m going to kill you.”

In mitigation Richard Hackfath, said Ingram was completely ill-equipped to deal with the responsibilities of his first proper relationship.

“He accepts his behaviour was completely beyond the pale,” said Mr Hackfath.

“It was terrible behaviour. This is a stupid young man who has behaved appallingly badly.”

Ingram was given a two-year suspended custodial sentence, 150 hours’ unpaid work, a three-month curfew, two years of supervision and 30 days’ rehabilitation.

He was also given a lifelong restraining order banning him from contacting the mother and her son.

Grimsby Telegraph

A nightmare neighbour harassed a couple by playing songs non-stop and intimidating them with a pottery figure of a fat woman.

Ex-chippie owner and former BNP candidate Barry Carr tormented neighbours in the cul-de-sac where he lived, a court was told.

Pensioner Barry Carr moved around the figurine of a reclining fat lady to target the woman who lives next, Blackpool magistrates heard.

Jennifer Anderson said Carr chose the ornament to taunt her because it looks like her.

Carr moved the three-inch pottery figure – and other ornaments – in a bizarre 18-month campaign so that every time she went to and from her home she saw it.

A court was told that Carr believed his neighbours envied his wealth and that is why they object to his choice of the song, Will Young’s Jealousy, which he played around the clock.

Mrs Anderson said: “This man has tormented me…he knows that figurine looks like me.”

Carr, 66, also put up model skulls around the outside of his home on Rossall Gate, Fleetwood, which has 19 security cameras, including some with night vision.

He used the cameras to film Miss Anderson and her partner, bodyguard David Smith, every day of the year.

Carr also upset the couple by pointing a false camera with a red flashing light into their kitchen. He also played the song Jealousy and Strange Lady About Town by Frankie Laine on a loop. The court heard the songs had lyrics designed to torment Miss Anderson.

Carr also put up a 20ft flagpole on which he placed a large picture of Mr Smith and littered his garden with ornaments such as chattering false teeth and a large owl on his chimney with a camera in it.

None had been there before the complainants had moved in.

He also put a bow tie on a skull fastened to a door which could be seen by the couple when they left their property.

They felt this was part of his campaign because Mr Smith would often wear a dinner suit and bow tie when he worked at night.

The couple decided to try to block out Carr’s view of their home and cut down the vision of his battery of cameras by raising the fence between their homes by 6ft.

However Carr then fastened the ornaments and a poster of Mr Smith to his fascia boards so they were still visible, the court was told.

When police asked him to remove the picture on his flagpole, Carr refused.

Sarah Perkins, prosecuting, said all was well when the couple moved in next to Carr.

She said: “His behaviour has become worrying, strange and obsessive. It has caused alarm and distress. They are a working couple and want to go to and from their work without being filmed.”

Miss Anderson told the hearing: “We moved in five years ago. The first six months were OK and we exchanged Christmas cards. Then we started to distance ourselves from him and realised he was filming us day in day out 365 days a year.

“The next thing is that a figurine of a fat lady in a blue stripy dress like one I wear has been put on his window sill looking at me all the time.

“On the advice of police I kept a diary every day of times and events.

“The music was so bad I could not go into the garden during the summer. I was getting scared to leave home.”

Mr Smith admitted in evidence that he got so sick and tired of one of Carr’s cameras pointing down their drive that he tried to adjust it by using a long handled brush.

He also admitted losing his temper with Carr.

He said: “He kept goading me saying I wasn’t a man and that my partner was fat and ugly,

“I am a former member of the Royal Protection Squad and can keep my nerve.

“But I did go up his drive a little and shoved him. I had had enough.

“He told me that because we rent our property is was bringing the neighbourhood down.

“He tried games like putting a bundle of £10 notes in a bush near our garden. Like he was trying to tempt us to take the money and he would have it on film.”

Carr, who stood for the BNP in Fleetwood West in 2009, told the magistrates: “I was being called a Neighbour from Hell – a nightmare. I only have the cameras for my own protection.

“I could not believe it when two police officers turned up at my home and said they were investigating the positioning of a figurine of a fat lady following a complaint.”

Steven Townley, defending, said: “Some pathetic incidents have been magnified beyond belief. My client has been picked on because he lives alone and has never been married. How on earth police have got involved is a mystery. Allegations have been flying round like confetti.”

THE DETAILS

Carr was found guilty after a two day trial of a charge that between 2016 and 2017 he harassed the named couple by the display and position of garden ornaments, watching them on CCTV, playing the same songs repeatedly and on occasion following Miss Anderson and taking a picture of her as she walked her dog.

Bench chairman David Hearton told Carr: “Some of these issues may seem trivial individually but together they become much more serious.”

“It was like the dripping tap syndrome – time after time after time causing stress and distress.”

Carr was given a 10 week jail term suspended for a year. He must pay his victims £200 each compensation and £900 court costs.

He must not communicate with his neighbours ,not display photos of them and not have any camera pointing at the front of their home.

fter the case, Carr said “I do not feel justice has been done and I will appeal.”

Mr Smith said:”It has been a long process and we are happy with the outcome.”
Blackpool Gazette

A former soldier who posted hate speech on Facebook about hanging Muslims and slaughtering refugees was today spared jail.

Donna Bowdler avoided prison last September after making vile remarks on the social network about the death of Muslims and destruction of mosques.

But while on bail over those offences, dating from October to December 2015, she made yet more offensive posts, between January and August 2016.

She wrote about slaughtering refugees and later said: “Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough gunna be so much fun hanging Muslims”.

In response to an article about a flag being raised at Rochdale Town Hall to mark the Independence Day of Pakistan, she posted: “This is high treason.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard the 41-year-old added: “That paedophile flag will be getting torched along with those that support it. #EnglishKelts EK NS.”

 Donna Bowdler, 41, of Samuel Street, Warrington, handed nine months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting publishing written material which is threatening/abusive/insulting with intent or likely to stir up racial and religious hatred (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Donna Bowdler, 41, of Samuel Street, Warrington, handed nine months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting publishing written material which is threatening/abusive/insulting with intent or likely to stir up racial and religious hatred (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Lee Bonner, prosecuting, said Bowdler, of Samuel Street, Warrington , discussed “every Muslim in Britain getting waxed”, which was “urban slang for the act of being killed”.

Police discovered an arsenal of weapons at her home, including knives, machetes, axes, a baseball bat, bows and arrows, stun grenades and a throwing star.

Bowdler admitted publishing written material which was threatening, abusive or insulting with intent or likely to stir up both racial and religious hatred.

Police first investigated her in 2015 after she sent a “concerning” signed letter to the commanding officer at an army barracks.

When Cheshire Police officers visited her house, she was asked if she had any weapons and revealed a legally-owned air pistol and air rifle.

But she failed to mention a pepper spray canister – bought from Amazon for £11 – which was discovered along with three bags of cannabis.

She was bailed pending further enquiries and the initial series of posts were found on her Facebook account when it was examined.

Magistrates handed Bowdler 28 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, plus a 24-day rehabilitation programme last year.

Mr Bonner said Bowdler enlisted in the army in November 1995 and was discharged in November 1997.

He said there were no offences listed on her record and no mention of any tours of duty, despite her suggesting she had served abroad.

He applied for a forfeiture and destruction order for the weapons subsequently found in Bowdler’s home, over which she was not charged.

Claire Jones, defending, said her client had references from people including an ex-forces support network representative.

Judge Anil Murray said the posts were “grossly offensive” but Bowdler had not repeated the “serious offences” and could be rehabilitated.

He said: “These were vile utterances from you and you ought to be deeply ashamed of yourself.

“They are designed to stir up racial and religious hatred. This type of material can incite others not just to feel hatred, but to commit acts of violence.”

The judge said she demonstrated remorse, was no longer associating with the same people and was doing voluntary work.

Judge Murray said Bowdler suffered from mental health issues and was “suffering particularly badly” at the time.

He said doctors believed she was making progress, although a clinical psychologist’s report was “disturbing”.

Judge Murray said: “It’s clear you are someone who has had significant difficulty. You’re described as vulnerable and psychologically fragile.

“You have a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties. It’s said if you are sent to prison, one could expect the emergence of self harm.”

Judge Murray handed her nine months in prison, suspended for two years, and a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He added: “You need to understand that you have come very close to being sent to prison. If you breach this order, you and I will meet again.”
Liverpool Echo

Paul Whiteside took the girl to his mother’s house after she ran away following an argument with her family, who thought she was in a relationship with him.

An English Defence League activist who was being arrested for the abduction of a 15-year-old school girl “lied his head off” to police.

Paul Whiteside, 47, assisted the girl after she ran away from her home in Louth taking her to stay at his mother’s home in Derbyshire, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Esther Harrison, prosecuting, said that Whiteside knew the girl through his involvement in the EDL and met her after school on a number of occasions attracting the attention of neighbours who reported the matter to the police.

Miss Harrison said “They had met through mutual friends involved in the EDL. She had on occasions travelled with him and others to various demonstrations.

“It came to light that she had met him on several occasions after school. He was parked outside and she was seen talking to him for perhaps up to an hour at a time.

“Neighbours were concerned and took photographs and contacted the police.

“The matter was raised with the girl and her friend. She accepted it was her and said it only happened once.”

Miss Harrison said that there was an argument within the family about the matter and subsequent to that the girl ran away.

“She ran off and was reported missing. It is clear she contacted the defendant. He said he felt he could do nothing else but assist her.

“They travelled to Derbyshire that night and stayed at his mother’s property. The charge relates to the fact that when she was missing he knew where she was. She was at his mother’s house and he did not return her to Louth.”

Whiteside’s mother called police the following day and her son was subsequently arrested.

Miss Harrison said “Nothing of a sexual nature took place. It is fair to say that there were some photographs on his phone of the girl. They show her in various states of undress and her in the bath. They were not deemed to be indecent images.”

“In his interview he maintained he had no knowledge of where she had been and the last time he had seen her was a week before.”

Whiteside, formerly of the Louth area but now of Skinner Street, Creswell, admitted a charge of child abduction by keeping the child away from her mother in October 2016. He was given a 10 month jail sentence suspended for two years with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 30 days.

He was also given an 18-month restraining order banning him from contacting the girl and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Simon Hirst , passing sentence, said: “She rang you and told you that you were in danger and at risk of violence from family members because of the perception that you were in a relationship with her. You agreed to take her out of Louth.

“You were arrested the following day. You lied your head off to the police telling them you did not know where she was.

“On your phone were photographs of the girl in the bath and in a state of undress. You have not been charged with those photographs but it is clearly a worrying feature of this case.

“It is clear to me that this crosses the custody threshold but given your character, the basis of your plea and the fact that you have effectively done a three month sentence of imprisonment I can suspend that imprisonment.”

Grace Hale, in mitigation, said there is no danger of Whiteside and the girl getting together again.

“He is now out of the area and has no intention of returning to the Louth area.”

She said he spent six weeks remanded in custody which is the equivalent of a 12-week jail term and added that he has kidney disease which involves him receiving dialysis three times a week.

Grimsby Telegraph

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