Police warn landlady of nazi meeting venue

by Sonia Gable | Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Barking and Dagenham police have visited the landlady of an east London pub where Nick Griffin is due to speak tonight and told her that she risks losing her licence if the meeting goes ahead, according to the British National Party spokesman Simon Darby. Darby claims an alternative venue has been arranged for the party leader’s visit.

HOPE not hate does not know exactly what the police told Leigh Friend but Redbridge and Epping Forest Together, a local HOPE not hate supporting group, has long campaigned for an end to a variety of fascist and nazi activities at the Cherry Tree pub in Wood Lane, Dagenham, and has been in contact with Barking and Dagenham police about tonight’s event.

REFT, Searchlight and members of the public have made several complaints to Barking and Dagenham council’s licensing and regulatory board, so far to no avail.

Unusually for the BNP the meeting venue was advertised openly, probably because the pub is already so well known as a nazi haunt. Mrs Friend herself supports the BNP to the extent that she was one of the BNP’s 34 candidates for Barking and Dagenham council last year. All of them failed to get elected.

Earlier this year Blood and Honour, the nazi skinhead music organisation, held an international gig at the pub which was attended by nazis from a number of European countries.

Tonight’s meeting is due to start at 7.30pm. This is Griffin’s second visit to the south east in under a fortnight. Last week he spoke to party officers and activists at the second in a series of “Way Forward” meetings aimed at boosting Griffin’s flagging support in the party and countering growing dissent.

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