Kent Police Charge Britain First Leaders
20 September 2017, 14:58
The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been charged with religiously aggravated harassment.
Kent Police said Paul Golding, 35, and Jayda Fransen, 31, both from Penge, south east London, were arrested in May as part of an investigation into the distribution of leaflets and the posting of online videos during a trial held at Canterbury Crown Court the same month.
The trial involved three Muslim men and a teenager who were eventually convicted of rape and jailed.
Kent police said Fransen had been charged with four counts of causing religiously aggravated harassment and Golding three counts.
Both were been bailed to appear before Medway magistrates on October 17.
The former leader of the English Defence League (EDL) was given a suspended prison sentence for contempt of court in May after filming outside the court during the same rape trial.
In a video posted online, Tommy Robinson filmed himself describing the defendants, who had not yet been convicted, as "paedophiles" and claiming: "It's going on across our country."