An extremist militant Christian party faces ruin reports The Huffington Post today
The force’s successful injunction bid means leader’s Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen are barred from entering Luton and any mosque in England and Wales for three years, reports the BBC.
They are also forbidden from directing their activists into the town.
Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen join British First group protest march at Bury Park on June 27, 2015 in Luton.
The result could spell the end of the group, with Golding explaining in a video message last month that it risked being “bled dry with endless court appearances and injunctions that simply make it impossible for Britain First to continue operating”.
He said: “I have some shocking and disgusting news to inform you of today. Britain First has received notification that once again we are being dragged to the High Court by Luton Police.
“What we are dealing with here is a direct challenge to exist as a political party. Why do I say that? It’s simple. If Luton police can achieve an injunction against a legally registered party then what’s to stop then what’s to stop every other town obtaining similar injunctions”.
He added: “If we lose this court hearing, as we are dealing with the highest court in the land, the ruling will bind all other courts. Thus, if we lose it becomes ridiculously easy for other police forces to obtain injunctions.
“As this is the High Court in London we simply have to win. If we lose, not only will we face an avalanche of other injunctions being sought but we will probably be liable for the costs of the other side which will run into the tens of thousands of pounds. This is literally all or nothing.
“If we do not win we are finished and I mean that with all seriousness,” Golding concluded.
Britain First rely on donations for funding their legal costs and a recent event highly publicised by the group only managed to raise £800.
The ruling comes just over a year after authorities failed to gain an almost identical injunction in anticipation of a planned Britain First march last June.
Britain First has staged a number of marches in Luton which it calls an “Islamist hotspot”.
In January, Golding and his deputy, Jayda Fransen, led a small contingent of activists through Luton handing out newspapers and confronting local Muslims in what anti-extremist charity Tell Mama said was an “intimidating” fashion aimed at “inflaming” tensions.
Golding was later arrested, charged and fined £450 for “wearing a uniform with political objectives” under the Public Order Act 1936, a law originally enacted to tackle Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, also known as the ‘Blackshirts’.
Fransen, 30, was also arrested and charged with religiously aggravated harassment over the incident, a separate case that is still ongoing.