Dowager denies racial hatred

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AN 80-YEAR-OLD dowager yesterday told an Old Bailey jury why she distributed booklets that have led to her being charged with trying to stir up race hatred.

Lady Birdwood said she feared there would be a bloodbath if racial tension got out of hand. She said: 'I do not hate anyone . . . I simply felt something had to be done.'

The court has been told that copies of The Longest Hatred, which is said to attack Jews and other ethnic minorities, was sent by her to MPs, members of the European Parliament, and members of the public. The prosecution says the material is 'threatening, abusive and insulting'.

Lady Birdwood, of East Vale, Acton, west London, pleads not guilty to distributing material with the intention of stirring up racial hatred. The trial was adjourned until Monday.