Britain First releases 'Taliban Hunting Club' hoodie 'just in time for Christmas'

The sweatshirt is the latest garment promoting the far-right group

Antonia Molloy
Tuesday 02 December 2014 16:40
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The far-right group Britain First has released a new hoodie “just in time for Christmas”.

Dubbed the “Taliban Hunting Club” hoodie, the sweater is aimed at those wishing to “display [their] patriotism in a simple yet effective way”.

The “limited edition” black garment features the Britain First symbol topped with a crown on the left breast and a skull and weapons encircled with the slogan “Taliban Hunting Club” on the right breast.

Advertised on the group’s official Facebook page, it is available on a website called Patriot Store, which also sells other Britain First garb, including polo shirts, baseball caps and even fragrances. It costs £29.95 excluding VAT.

The latest sales pitch comes just weeks after police officers charged with protecting the Queen launched an investigation into the leader of Britain First over whether the group had made unauthorised use of an image of the monarch’s crown.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Operations directorate are looking into whether the group has breached royal copyright by using an image of St Edward’s Crown on its clothing.

It is expected that leader Paul Golding will be questioned over the next few weeks after the group didn’t comply with a government request to discontinue the merchandise.

However, Mr Golding previously told The Independent the merchandise was “perfectly legal”.

A Met spokesperson today told The Independent that the investigation is on-going.

Self-described as a patriotic political party and street defence organisation, Britain First was founded in 2011 by Jim Dowson, who resigned from the group in July.

While the organisation blamed “media pressure” and family issues for the decision Mr Dowson publicly shamed the group’s tactics as “unacceptable and unchristian”.

His departure came after members of the group “invaded” a mosque in south London.

The stated aim of the incident in July was to “demand the removal of sexist signs” outside the Crayford Mosque.

The signs designate separate entrances for men and women, so they can enter for segregated worship as is the custom in most mosques.

The group is also stridently anti-Europe with an aim to preserve what it views as traditional British culture.

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