April 29, 2011
Posted by John P
A campsite owner has told the British National Party they are no longer welcome on his property following a violent disturbance that took place there on St George’s Day.
The owner of the Hooton Lodge Country Pub & Campsite located near Rotherham, South Yorkshire told Searchlight Magazine that he was totally unaware the event was organised by the British National Party having been led to believe that it was to be a non-political celebration.
The owner said that although was aware that the group had a large collection of replica firearms on the site and were initially firing them at paper targets, this wasn’t agreed with the owners beforehand. He said “The first I was aware of them was when a large 4x4 vehicle pulled up and opened its boot to reveal a mini armoury.”
Searchlight was passed a large collection of photographs in which leading BNP officials and candidates can be clearly seen posing with the realistic looking firearms even when small children were in close proximity.
The owner who wishes to remain anonymous, told us that had he known that the group were mishandling firearms he would have called the local police firearms unit and have had them removed from his campsite.
He also revealed that following a day and evening of excessive drinking, a violent scuffle broke out around 1:30 am in the BNP group, forcing one member of the party to be thrown off the campsite.
BNP candidates and officials from Wakefield, Leeds, Barnsley, Sheffield, Kirklees and Salford were all photographed misusing the firearms or suffering the effects of excessive drinking on the day.
The owner said he was horrified by the group’s politics and their drunken behaviour and under no circumstances would they be allowed back onto his campsite.
Thanks to Searchlight/HOPE not Hate