Cambridgeshire: Police Investigate BNP Leader
19 October 2012, 11:30
A gay couple who were allegedly targeted on Twitter by BNP leader Nick Griffin after winning a landmark equality ruling said the comments made them feel 'uncomfortable.'
The MEP is alleged to have published the address of Michael Black and John Morgan on the social networking site and called for a demonstration to be held outside their Huntingdon home.
Cambridgeshire Police last night said it was investigating the incident and Dyfed-Powys Police said it was liaising with the force.
The alleged tweets, under the username @nickgriffinmep, followed Mr Black, 64, and his 59 year-old partner Mr Morgan's win against the owner of bed and breakfast who refused to let them stay in a double room because of her religious views.
The couple, from Brampton, sought damages from Susanne Wilkinson after she would not let them have the room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire, in March 2010 despite them having made a reservation and paid a deposit.
One of the tweets read: "So Messrs Black & Morgan, at (their address). A British Justice team will come up to Huntington & give you a... ...bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple's home is their castle. Say No to heterophobia!''
Twitter users trying to access the account were subsequently told it had been suspended.
The Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said: "We have received a number of calls in relations to the tweets and are looking into the complaints we have received.
Officers will also visit the men mentioned in the tweets as part of our inquiries.''
One of the tweets included a home address, she confirmed.
The case at Reading County Court concluded the couple had suffered unlawful discrimination. At the time, Mr Black, an exams consultant and writer, protested at their treatment but the owner refused to allow them to stay as it was "against her convictions''.
Mrs Wilkinson, a married mother-of-four, considered that providing a double bed to the couple, who are not in a civil partnership, would involve her in promoting what she believed to be a sin, namely sexual relations outside heterosexual marriage, the court heard. Recorder Claire Moulder found that Mr Black and Mr Morgan, a computer consultant, had been the victims of direct discrimination.
The couple said today that they were shocked by his comments.
Richard Howitt, the MEP for Cambridgeshire and the East of England - says "If the BNP Far Right MEP is guilty of incitement against a Cambridgeshire gay couple, he may be debarred from office. It wouldn't come a day too soon."
Speaking to Heart, Mr Griffin confirmed the BNP will be arranging a demo for outside the couple's home - but there "will be nothing to fear" . Mr Griffin added he thought the pair were a couple of "intellectual thugs and it was time for ordinary people to stand up against state bullying."
Asked whether any BNP protest outside the couple's home could be perceived as intimidating Mr Griffin told Heart: "I don't think it would be perceived as intimidating, we will hold a perfectly legal law abiding demonstration as now is the time for peaceful direct action."