May 06, 2009
Posted by Antifascist
Supt Howard Veigas, from Derbyshire Police, has written to party member Alan Warner, who hosts the event on his land off Codnor Denby Lane, confirming the force will object to an alcohol and live music licence for the festival this year. The Red, White and Blue event went ahead without a licence last year with BNP members encouraged to bring their own alcohol, but Mr Warner admits he is still unsure whether he will host it again in August this year.
He said: "I'm not sure where the festival will be this year. Here or somewhere else – I don't know. If the council is minded to approve a licence for music and alcohol then the police have said the whole site will need to be fenced off and we just can't afford to put a fence up around 30 acres of land. It is strange that the police have objected to our festival and not the Rock and Blues. We had no trouble on our site last year."
Mr Warner also pointed an accusing finger at Derbyshire Police over their handling of last year's event where people protesting against the party marched through Codnor and Loscoe and 33 arrests were made.
He said: "The police more or less manufactured the problems by allowing people to get off the buses. They should have turned those buses back. It is the lefties and the Communists causing the problems, not members of the BNP. You only have to look at what happened in London recently, if there is anything to object to they are there – if you want to build an airport, take some coal out of the ground or widen a motorway, there they are."
Police have said they would oppose this year's festival on the grounds of public safety, crime and disorder, public nuisance and protection of children.
A spokesman for the force said: "We have written to Mr Warner saying that if he was to apply for a licence to sell alcohol and have live entertainment we would object to that. He could still go ahead with the festival but would not be allowed to sell alcohol or have live music. We have to facilitate lawful protest which was done in the majority last year apart from the documented problems we had and the arrests that were made."
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