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“POLICE have raided the house of a UKIP politician embroiled in a race hate storm – as he confirmed his formal resignation as a councillor is taking place today.
Officers from West Mercia Police have searched the Stourport-based home of Eric Kitson and seized his computer to gather evidence for a possible prosecution.
The 59-year-old has not been arrested, but has been voluntarily interviewed about the saga of his anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish Facebook rants.
He will formally resign as a councillor at 4pm today - despite only winning a seat at Worcestershire County Council 13 days ago.
It means his spell at County Hall is the shortest of any elected politician in the authority’s history, and will trigger a by-election.
A statement released on his behalf by UKIP said: “It is with sadness that I am announcing my resignation as a councillor.
“I am extremely sorry to have let down my friends, the people in the hardworking UKIP team that got me elected, the people of Stourport, and of course my family.
“Like many people who are not professional politicians I used my Facebook page a general post board.
“That was foolish – I am no racist, but I can understand why people could think so.”
He was outed over the weekend for filling his now-deleted Facebook page with a host of racist images and cartoons.
Among the most shocking was a cartoon of a Muslim being spit-roasted on a fire fuelled by copies of the Koran.
He also made comments referring to Muslim women, saying “hang um first then ask questions later” and called for the repatriation of “six million migrants and refugees”.
West Mercia Police had received complaints from the public over the saga, and acted by searching his home last night.
A spokesman said: “Eric Kitson, from Stourport, was voluntarily interviewed by officers from West Mercia Police over concerns raised by the public about allegedly offensive and racist comments made on social media.
“A computer was seized and a property in Stourport searched by police for evidence gathering purposes.
“A file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration.”
Police have also taken a statement from Mumshad Ahmed, a Muslim former county councillor, who wants him prosecuted for inciting racial hatred.”
Further reading: “More Ukip horror as investigation exposes racist abuse“
Police have arrested and bailed a 25-year-old man from Cheltenham on suspicion of sending racist tweets to Northampton Town striker Adebayo Akinfenwa and defender Clarke Carlisle.
A joint investigation between police forces in Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire was launched on Wednesday night.
It comes after Northampton knocked Cheltenham out of the League Two play-offs over two legs last Thursday and Sunday.
Carlisle, who captained Northampton in both matches, is also chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association and an ambassador for anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out.
In response to a racial tweet, Carlisle wrote: “Really?! You must make your parents very proud.”
Cheltenham Town said if proceedings continued and the man was found guilty of racist abuse, they would make an example of him.
Mr Baker said: “It is, of course, totally unacceptable and, if he is proven guilty, the club will be taking its own action to ban him from home games in the coming season.
“It’s not something we have discussed as a board as yet but we do take crowd behaviour very seriously. I think there’s a racist culture in British society per se and it comes out in various ways, including football. I don’t think it’s a football problem but a small collection of people who are intolerant.
“Things of a racist nature are totally unacceptable and football is doing what it can to stamp it out of the game and, fortunately, our club doesn’t suffer from this sort of thing.” The club last night thanked fans for their help in reporting racial abuse to the police.
A police spokeswoman said: “The 25-year-old man was arrested under the Malicious Communications Act. He was subsequently also arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress.
“The man has now been bailed.”
A NEW UKIP councillor in Worcestershire has sparked fury amid allegations he unleashed a series of racist abuse online.
Eric Kitson, who won a seat in Stourport just 11 days ago, is facing the sack today over a cartoon of a Muslim being spit-roasted on a fire fuelled by copies of the Koran on his Facebook page.
In one comment, which was believed to have been posted since becoming a councillor, he said in reference to Muslim women: “Hang um all first then ask questions later.”
A raft of anti-Jewish remarks have also appeared on his Facebook site, and in a separate post he has called for the repatriation of “six million migrants and refugees”.
There was also false claims posted on his site that the Rothschild banking dynasty had controlled Nazi Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler.
His Facebook page has also called for Muslim women to be hanged, suggested Islam is “a cancer” that should be eradicated “with nuclear weapons” and expressd support for UKIP leader Nigel Farage teaming up with BNP boss Nick Griffin.
His site also called for the world to “unite against Islam” and supports the far-right English Defence League.
The pages have been re-published on a website called Stand for Peace, which has condemned his actions.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader of Worcestershire County Council, said: “This looks like criminal activity because he’s inciting racial hatred – he should do the honourable thing and resign because he has brought shame on the county.”
The attacks are currently being investigated by UKIP HQ in London, and have been condemned as “disgusting” by senior figures at Worcestershire County Council this morning.
Councillor Kitson has only just been through training for being an elected politician, and is one of four UKIP members to have just been elected to the authority for the first time ever.
If he is removed from his position it would be the shortest spell any elected politician has ever had in County Hall – and would trigger a by-election.
A UKIP spokesman told the Worcester News: “The party is looking into it because we need to find out exactly what has gone on here.
“We don’t want to dismiss him outright until we investigate it.
“Our understanding is that he has offered to resign over it, but we need to establish what’s happened.
“A conversation will be taking place and if we find out he has behaved inappropriately, he would have to go.”
Councillor Peter McDonald, leader of Worcestershire’s Labour group, said: “These remarks are disgusting and it brings the whole office of being a councillor into disrepute.
“It’s a terrible mess, he has let himself down, the council down, and the voters who elected him in down – they did not vote for this.
“It’s terribly sad and pretty shocking what he has done – this man is now an elected councillor.”
The authority has already had one request for the Standards Committee to investigate, and has released a statement in the last few minutes.
Simon Mallinson, head of legal and democratic services, said: “Whilst we would avoid commenting on any individual case at this stage, elected members are expected to comply with the council’s code of conduct when they act in their role as county councillors.
“Any complaint that this code has been breached when acting in such a role will be carefully considered.”
Coun Kitson has yet to respond to calls from the press, nor has Wyre Forest’s UKIP branch.
Muslim Mumshad Ahmed, a former county councillor, said: “I am sickened and disgusted by this, I cannot believe the hatred he is creating.
“I will be taking a petition around mosques tonight to get people to sign it, this man is doing something very dangerous – when a Koran was burned there was riots around the world.
“I cannot see why he’s done this.”
See the rest of Kitson’s facebook posts here
Riverside, Worcester: Whitwam, BNP – 32 Majority Geraghty, Con – 999
Nunnery, Worcester: Mason, BNP – 201 Majority Agar, Lab – 1059
St John, Worcester: Draper, BNP – 86 Majority Udall, Labour – 982
Bedwardine, Worcester Whitwam, BNP – 16 Majority Prodger, Cons – 847
Evesham South: Hartland, BNP – 220 Majority Banks, Cons – 945
Bromsgrove South: Dolphin, BNP – 163 Majority Bloore, Lab/Co-op – 1088
Bromsgrove West: Smith, BNP – 145 Majority Mallet, Lab/co op - 1200
Bromsgrove east: Bates, BNP – 19 Majority Taylor, Cons – 952
Bromsgrove Central: Llewellyn, BNP – 29 Majority Blagg, Cons – 835
Alvechurch: Murphy, BNP – 12 Majority Griffiths, Cons – 709
Clent Hills: Dolphin, BNP – 11 Majority Jenkins, Ind – 1388
Wythall: Tomkinson, BNP – 90 Majority Peters, Wythall RA – 1083
Beacon: Wainwright, BNP – 173 Majority McDonald, Lab – 1374
St Chads: North, BNP – 25 Majority Oborski, Liberal/KLLT – 767
Majorities for UKIP scum in St Mary’s, Redditch south, Arrow valley east and Stourport on severn.
More local results as they come in here (Worcester evening news)
*For the record: 3CAFA states that all political parties are scum and not to be trusted. “We are led by fools who waste our lives” (punk slogan)
The posh nazis at UKIP try and hide behind the ‘joke’ tag yet again..
“A UK Independence Party election candidate in Worcester has published a doctored image of himself on the internet standing behind Adolf Hitler.
Richard Delingpole, who is standing for county council election in the Riverside ward, posted the image on Twitter.
One political rival has branded the picture “sickening and abhorrent”.
But the businessman, of Henwick Road, St John’s, has insisted the image was a joke in response to reports that the Conservative party is trawling social networking sites looking for dirt on UKIP candidates.
The picture shows Adolf Hitler, with three henchmen standing behind him, all of whom have had their faces changed to a youthful looking Mr Delingpole.
Yesterday UKIP’s Worcester branch apologised, blaming a “very deep sense of humour” which could be misunderstood.
Carl Humphries, the branch organiser for Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire, said he would not be thrown out of the party.
“I can assure you he is definitely not a Nazi or anything like that – he’s got a very deep sense of humour,” he said.
“He has been vetted by me, all our candidates are clean in every respect, but I am sorry if this offended people.”
Mr Delingpole, who runs a design agency, has now deleted the picture.
“There’s a story going around that the Tories are trawling Facebook accounts of UKIP candidates to drag up things about them, this was a joke based on that,” he said.
“Of course people won’t think I’m an Adolf Hitler sympathiser, to suggest otherwise is disingenuous.
“It’s clearly a picture of Adolf Hitler I have photo-shopped, it shows we’ve got a sense of humour.”
Mr Delingpole, who is a war re-enactor, said the image first appeared on his Facebook page some time ago after a friend joked that he was a Nazi.
But the image was seen by a Conservative councillor in another part of the country, who tipped off colleagues in Worcestershire.
Yesterday Coun Simon Geraghty, who is standing for the Conservative party in Riverside, said: “I find it absolutely sickening and abhorrent.
“I think the vast majority of British people will find this shocking – it’s not funny at all, it’s dreadful and I can’t believe he’s done it.”
UKIP is fielding 1,734 candidates in tomorrow’s council elections, but over the last few days it has been forced to suspend three candidates – one for being an ex-BNP activist, another for “liking” the extremist English Defence League on Facebook, and the third for being a former National Front Organiser.
Yesterday, a spokesman from UKIP’s national HQ in London said: “Richard Delingpole‘s not dodgy in any way – he did it because he’s fed up of people being professionally outraged.”
Meanwhile, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has waded into the controversy today, by saying it was “a joke” in the wake of yesterday’s coverage of rotten UKIP candidates in the Daily Mirror.
He said: “To present it as anything else would be a travesty.”
In today’s Sun newspaper another UKIP candidate, Bradley Monk, aged 19, who is standing at Hampshire County Council, was outed for posting snaps of himself online as shamed pervert Jimmy Savile.
He wore a mask of the disgraced paedophile at a Halloween party last year.
He said it was a “harmless joke” and added he was “in no way endorsing” what Savile did.
Mr Farage has admitted the party is too small to properly vet the record number of council candidates standing in the elections.
* The other candidates in Riverside are Labour’s Lynn Denham, Green Louis Stephen, Sean McCauley for Trades Unionists and Socialists Against the Cuts and Julie Whitwam for the BNP.”
“Shocking fake hanging carried out as band played Johnny Rebel hits while 70 strong crowd gave Nazi salutes.
A Midland Ku Klux Klan admirer has defended his mock golliwog hanging stunt as “just a bit of fun”.
The man, who the Sunday Mercury has decided not to name, said: “I didn’t realise I was doing anything wrong.”
And he stressed that “it wasn’t planned” and that he was “egged on”.
The 23 year-old, from Walsall, was pictured holding a noose around the neck of a black doll at a music gig in Swansea last month. He later posted a video of the incident on Youtube.
His actions have been condemned by a Labour MP.
But the man told the Sunday Mercury: “The gig was absolutely brilliant. One of the best nights of my life. As I was hanging the golliwog the band was playing American Country and Western music and Johnny Rebel hits.
“It was all in jest and I don’t regret a minute of it and would so the same again.
“The mistake I made was to put a video of the ‘lynching’ up on YouTube.
“I didn’t realise I was doing anything wrong. I wasn’t inciting anyone to go out and lynch black people because it’s against the law.”
He added: “I admire the Klan and its Christian values and believe in racial segregation.
“The UK is only for white indigenous folk and everyone of colour should be settled in one small area out the way or better still deported back to their place of origin.”
Labour MP for Perry Barr Khalid Mahmood said the man’s actions were “reprehensible”.
“Police need to carry out a thorough investigation because individuals like this have the potential to cause serious damage in our communities through word and deed.
“He appears to show no remorse.
“His behaviour is just not acceptable in this day and age.”
The shocking images were captured at an event organised by Blood and Honour, a “white power” music network.
It took place after a “White Pride World Wide” march in the Welsh city.
The man told the Sunday Mercury that he had not planned to mock up the hanging of the golliwog.
He said: “The lynching wasn’t planned, but somebody from the Welsh National Front had bought along this stuffed golliwog he’d made to the gig.
“Everyone egged me on to re-enact what used to happen in the deep south of America to bad black people who had done something wrong.
“Innocent black people were never lynched and people forget that bad white people were also lynched by mobs too.
“The blacks were targeted for the better good of society there at the time.”
Johnny Rebel is a controversial American Country and Western singer whose songs, with incendiary titles like “Stay away from Dixie” and “Move them N*****s North”, were popular in the Deep South in the 1960s and 70s.
His lyrics were often supportive of the Ku Klux Klan and included derogatory references to black people.
Nearly 3,500 African Americans and 1,300 whites were lynched in the United Sates between 1882 and 1968.” Ends.
But 32-year-old Aydin Seven over-reacted, said prosecutor Peter Cooke and it led to violence on two occasions.
The youths – referred to as yobs by Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC – massed outside the shop in Moat Way and pulled up their hoods to conceal their identity from CCTV cameras.
An employee arriving for work was greeted by racist chants and was attacked in June last year, said Mr Cooke. Seven came to his assistance armed with a steel sharpening tool. It was brought out as a deterrent and caused the youths to flee.
Months later in October, there was another demonstration outside the shop. Seven was obstructed as he came out with a delivery and became involved in a fight with a teenager.
Mr Cooke said he admitted head-butting the youth and he also pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon in a public placeduring the June encounter.
Timothy Burrows, defending, said things had calmed down since the October incident and two youths were to appear before magistrates. Mr Seven intended to carry on with his business.
He gave him a 12-month conditional discharge for both offences coupled with a £15 victims surcharge.
“And he advised the defendant: “Don’t give in to yobs.”
“3CAFA would urge shopkeepers/business owners in the three counties area who are, or have been, subjected to racist abuse to contact us via the contact page“
A few pictures and a video showing the huge and varied opposition shown to fascist scum who were pretending to march under the banner of St George in Brighton today. Links to independent reports from the day at the foot of the post.
More coverage here (Indymedia UK)
Mobs and Coppers (SchNEWS)
March for england 2013 (Indymedia UK)
Brighton 24th April 2013 – Something For Everyone!!! (Anti-Fascist Network)
March for England Marches Nowhere! (Maletesta’s blog)
Picture gallery (AFA Ireland)
“VANDALS have defaced a giant UK Independence Party election billboard in Worcester so it reads like a BNP advert.
The sign, at the bottom of Newtown Road and one of four UKIP posters in the city, was scribbled over in ink and paint so it read like an advert for the far-right British National Party.
Bosses decided to take it down over the weekend and have hit out at the perpetrators. Carl Humphries, UKIP organiser for Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire, said: “I can tell you now we have strict ruling over any BNP members who want to join our party.
“We ask prospective members to fill out a form and if they either belong to the BNP now or used to be a member, they have no chance whatsoever with us. It’s a shame but we have always anticipated bits of graffiti going on any political sign, it’s the way it works sometimes.”
At the moment, the party’s other three adverts in Sherriff Street, Midland Road and next to Shrub Hill Station have not been targeted. Meanwhile, party organisers have come in for criticism after activists printed a leaflet asking people to vote on the wrong date for May’s elections.
The leaflet has been put through doors with a silver sticker covering it up. Councillor Lucy Hodgson, who is standing for the Conservatives for the Chase County Hall seat, said: “There was this silver sticky tape stuck over the date – we were surprised it had gone out like that.”
Mr Humphries said he “could not believe” the mistake had been made, but insisted UKIP was still getting a positive reaction on the doorstep. The leaflet was laid out and printed before party members realised the typing mistake.
“The reaction on the doorstep is positive, that’s what our focus is,” said Mr Humphries. UKIP is standing 42 candidates next month.”