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 /