Britain First leader Paul Golding arrested during party campaign in Leicester

Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, said: 'This is a multi-racial city and you are not welcome here'

Saturday 28 May 2016 20:50
Britsin First leader Paul Golding
Britsin First leader Paul Golding

The leader of Britain First, Paul Golding, has been arrested after the party were surrounded by protestors during a campaign in Leicester city centre.

Golding and around 20 Britain First activists set up a stand handing out party leaflets in Gallowtree Gate on Saturday.

Pictures uploaded on social media, as well as videos by Britain First, show angry crowds of protestors gathered near the stand chanting “losers”.

Leicester City mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, reportedly confronted Golding during the demonstration saying: “This is a multi racial city and you are not welcome here. I have a mandate from 77,000 voters and I say on their behalf, leave Leicester," Leicester Mercury reports.

Golding, who turned his back Sadiq Khan during his announcement as London’s new mayor at City Hall earlier this month, was forced to abandon an anti-EU demonstration in Leicester last week after members of the party were escorted back to their vehicles by police.

Responding to Sir Peter’s remarks, Golding allegedly said: “We left because we were threatened with arrest if we did not go. We came back to disprove media statements that said we were driven out. We are here peacefully to hand out our leaflets.”

Golding was later arrested by Leicestershire Police for breach of bail.

A police spokeswoman said officers attended the demonstration in Leicester at 11:40am on Saturday in order to “facilitate a peaceful protest”.

“A 34-year-old man was arrested for breach of bail and remains in police custody,” she added.

Britain First confirmed the arrest on their Facebook page.

Speaking in a video, Golding previously said: “We are not being moved today. The police can get stuffed as far as I’m concerned.”

The far-right group were heckled by around 100 people as they flew two Union Flags and played martial music from their city centre stand.

Golding accused the protestors of being traitors from outside of Leicester.

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