EDL attack Rochdale takeaway and put grooming trial at further risk

Thursday 23rd February 2012 – 22:00

There are  reports that far right groups including the English Defence League launched a race hate attack on a takeaway restaurant which they may have been mistaken as being owned by one of the defendants in the Rochdale child grooming case that is taking place at Liverpool Crown Court.

The takeaway in Heywood, Greater Manchester had it’s windows smashed and it is rumored to have been sold onto new owners several weeks ago. A 35 year old man and a 14 year old boy were arrested.

From two posts on their offical Facebook wall they went from denying it was them to admitting responsibility with regional organiser Paul Carpenter inciting arson. On their Twitter accounts EDL members have dropped the pretence that they do not want to get the trial wrecked, and have dropepd any pretence that they care about the children involved who deserve justice under British law.

EDL Carlisle Division member Neil davidson states that it is worth risking the trial to get the message across that the #majority of Muslims are scum’

This latest action is a follow up to an attempt by the far right to get the case discharged as a mistrial after there were violence scenes at a joint British National Party/English Defence League demo last week. The trial had to be halted after a defence lawyer was attacked.

The violent scenes were thought have been kicked off when a Rochdale Division member  published what was supposedly the name and work place of one of the defendants on their Facebook page. The screenshot has been sent to Greater Manchester Police.

The demo was thought to have been called after Irvine published the name and work place buy quickly descended into violence and one police officer was injured.


The following screenshot shows EDL Member Luke Phillips and his friend Dave Halket using Facebook to try and incite civil disorder



The English Defence League went on to officialy endorse the action on their Facebook page and one member, Phil Calverley bragged that he was part of the mob /



Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said police were aware of “tensions in the borough”.

He said: “A group of youths have attacked a local business and clashed with police officers. We would urge parents in the area to call their children if they are not home yet. Reassurance patrols are in place to try and mitigate this and we ask the community to act responsibly during this difficult time. A number of local businesses have closed of their own volition and we will continue to work closely with them.”

A police spokesman added: “We are monitoring social media sites and ask anybody who is concerned or has information to share with us to go either through their local Neighbourhood Policing Team, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by GMP using the 101 service.”

With only two days to go before their race hate demo in Hyde, this could be the catalyst for home secretary Theresa May to proscribe them. it is not the first time she has used her powers to proscribe extremist group, in November last year she proscribed Muslims Against Crusades the day before 170 EDL members were arrested after plans from both groups to disrupt the day where seen on the internet.
There were reports earlier on in the evening of EDL members attacking Ajax fans on Manchester’s Deansgate. The EDL’s main Facebook wall had earlier this week made threats towards visiting supporters in revenge for a humiliating removal from Amsterdam when they tried to hold a demonstration in the city in October 2010.
UPDATE: after the initial denial, the English Defence League finally claimed responsibilty for the attack in Rochdale on their Facebook page. EDL regional organiser Pablo Carpo aka Paul Carpenter incites the burning of the defendents business premises.
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