A British police force is seeking an injunction that would ban a nationalist political party from entering every mosque in the country, as well as the town of Luton, without prior permission.
Bedfordshire Police are trying to take out the three-year injunction against Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, leaders of Britain First, who claim the action could spell the end of the group.
A spokesman of the police force told Huffington Post UK: “We are continuing to seek a full injunction banning Britain First organisers Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen from entering Luton town centre and Bury Park for three years.”
Chief Superintendent David Boyle said the police force was seeking the ban due to concerns that their presence in these areas could increase the possibility of disorder and anti-social behaviour”.
Earlier this year, Mr Golding and Ms Fransen led a group of activists through the town of Luton – which they call an “Islamist hotspot” – confronting local Muslims and handing out newspapers.
Police arrested Mr Golding and charged him with “wearing a uniform with political objectives” under the 1936 Public Order Act – an obscure regulation originally passed to prevent the rise of fascist groups before the Second World War. He was fined £450.
Ms Fransen was charged with religiously aggravated harassment – a case that is still ongoing.
Mr Golding explained in a previous video message that the proposed injunction could spell the end of the group.
“What we are dealing with here is a direct challenge to exist as a political party,” he said. “Why do I say that? It’s simple. If Luton police can achieve an injunction against a legally registered party then what’s to stop every other town obtaining similar injunctions.”
“If we lose this court hearing, as we are dealing with the highest court in the land, the ruling will bind all other courts,” he added. “Thus, if we lose it becomes ridiculously easy for other police forces to obtain injunctions.”
“If we do not win, we are finished and I mean that with all seriousness,” he concluded.