Paul Golding jailed for breaching order stopping him from conducting “Mosque invasions”

The former leader of Britain First, Paul Golding, 34, has been jailed for breaching a court order banning him to enter or encourage others to enter any Mosque in England or Wales.

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The court order was requested by Bedfordshire Police following a series of “Mosque invasions” were the group filmed themselves entering Mosques and confronting prayer goers and Imams.

Only nine days after the order, Golding and four other Britain First members drove to Cardiff’s AL-Manar Centre for another “Mosque invasion”.

During the “Mosque invasion” Golding stayed outside while the other four members of the group were involved in a verbal confrontation with a mosque trustee.

Golding is not the first senior member of the far-right group to be in trouble with the law.

Jayda Fransen was fined £2,000 after she was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment on a woman wearing a headscarf during a “Christian patrol” of Bury Park in Luton.

Golding admitted contempt of court and was jailed for eight weeks but will be out in four.

Sentencing Golding on Thursday, Judge Moloney said the breach was a “deliberate and cynical defiance”.

 “There can be no doubt that he thereby broke the injunction by instructing or encouraging those men to enter the mosque.”

“The conduct restrained was by its nature of an extreme kind, calculated to increase tensions between different members of the community of this country, particularly to affront the Muslim community in relation to their religion.

“Such conduct was plainly calculated to give rise to the risk of provocation and violence and further extremism and tension on all sides of the community.

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