March 18, 2009

BNP organiser arrested over harassment claim

The British National Party’s regional organiser in the North-East has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment, The Northern Echo has learnt.

Ken Booth, who lives in Fenham, Newcastle, was arrested yesterday by Northumbria Police and bailed pending further inquiries. Mr Booth’s arrest is understood to have followed a complaint made to police by a Muslim councillor in the city.

The 54-year-old, who is standing in the European elections in the spring and has previously stood for Newcastle City Council, in Fenham, took over the role of regional organiser for the party from Kevin Scott in 2006. He is expected to answer bail at a police station in the city in the middle of next month.

Mr Booth would not directly comment on his arrest when contacted by The Echo, but a spokesman for the party said it was an example of “politically correct Britain”. He said: “The public can see what is happening and I am sure that in this particular instance we, as a party, have got nothing to fear. People in the North-East are sick and tired of this politically correct nonsense.”

Mr Booth, who describes himself on the BNP website as the single parent of three boys and an elected parent governor, has stood for the party several times in local elections. In January, he finished in third place in a by-election for the Fenham ward. Last year, Mr Booth hit out at efforts to “destabilise” the BNP after his and the details of hundreds of other party members were leaked onto the internet.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment and has been bailed pending further inquiries.”

Acting Chief Inspector Sav Patsalos, of Northumbria police, added: “When any such incidents are brought to our attention they are treated very seriously and we take appropriate action.”

A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said: “It is a police matter and we are not prepared to comment.”

The Northern Echo

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

a spokesman for the party said it was an example of “politically correct Britain”

Yawn. Same old excuse for being racist vermin.

Bee said...

There's a good comment on the Northern Echo's site

"Booth's arrest now means that two of the three North East Euro candidates are currently on Police bail. Not bad going for the party of law and order!"

So true.

Anonymous said...

Weird looking guy.

Disillusioned said...

"Booth's arrest now means that two of the three North East Euro candidates are currently on Police bail. Not bad going for the party of law and order!"

Great. What a party!

Anonymous said...

There's not a lot of detail in the article. I wonder what exactlywas said or done to have Booth arrested.

Anonymous said...

Because we have started to win via the ballot box the Stasi are trying their usual nazi tactics.

But it won't work, the good working class people of the North East fucking hate PAKI's.

AND you know it.

Landale said...

He looks like something from a horror film!

Antifascist said...

"Because we have started to win via the ballot box the Stasi are trying their usual nazi tactics."

The only winning your mob do at the ballot box is by default. If the main parties did anything remotely popular, you lot would be dead in the water and you know it.

"But it won't work, the good working class people of the North East fucking hate PAKI's."

You're a fucking idiot who has surrounded himself with racist twats for too long. Most normal people don't give a toss what nationality their neighbours are.

Reader said...

Clive Jefferson seems to be losing his command (ha-ha) of the English language.

"Austrlia will close the gate on foreign workers to protect ntion's jobs!"

Anonymous said...

Weird looking guy.

Not helped by the ridiculous rosette.

Anonymous said...

"Not helped by the ridiculous rosette."

Looks like an NF rosette at that

Anonymous said...

"Not helped by the ridiculous rosette."

Me eyes are bad its true, but it does look like that rosette has the NF logo instead of the BNP one.

Another ex NFer in the BNP.....But they're not connected at all, lol.

iliacus said...

Many years in politics have taught me that a person's credibility is normally inversely proportional to the size of their rosette.

Small, discreet rosette - sensible person.

Huge, shiny, multi-coloured rosette - prat.

I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

what's he been charged with?

Anonymous said...

That is an N.F. logo im absolutely sure of it. How old is this picture ?
If it's not a very old picture the bloke must be a complete dumb arse.

Also can any one shed any light on what he has actually done ?

Anonymous said...

He has done nothing

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/4405043.BNP_organiser_may_sue_over____racism____arrest/

Antifascist said...

'He has done nothing'

"Ken Booth said the party’s lawyers were looking to see if he had a case for wrongful arrest or false imprisonment."

That's him fucked then, now Lee Barnes is on the case.