New Europe: British far right collapses. ‘The fortunes of the EDL have faded over the last year, to a point where they can no longer bring people to demonstrations in significant numbers. A high turnout now is around 10% of their peak. They have also failed to transform themselves into a political force. Not only have they failed to articulate a policy agenda, in May Yaxley-Lennon and his cousin Kev Carroll became vice-chairmen of the British Freedom Party, an organization with a tiny membership, founded by Paul Watson, formerly of UKIP’.
BBC News: EDL march: Police ask Theresa May to ban gathering. ‘The home secretary has been asked to ban a planned march in east London by the far-right group the English Defence League (EDL) amid fears of violence. The Metropolitan Police wants Theresa May to act in light of plans by the EDL to march in Walthamstow, Waltham Forest, on Saturday. The Met said it had made the request “based on specific intelligence”. The Home Office said the application would be carefully considered in the usual way’.
New York Observer: Al Qaeda affiliated group posts London terror threat. Al-Shabaab, a Somali group with links to al Qaeda has posted tweets threatening terror. ‘The posts were directed at the British government and referenced the “extradition and trial of Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Misri.” Al-Misri is a one-armed cleric who will soon be extradited from the U.S. to Great Britain. He will face charges connected to a hostage incident that occurred in Yemen in 1998 as well as charges related to fomenting jihad abroad and attempting to create a jihadi training camp in Oregon in 2001’.
Chelmsford Weekly News: Police called in as planning meeting gets nasty. ‘Police had to be called in halfway through a planning committee meeting after far-right protesters became “abusive”. Members of the English Defence League were at the meeting of Chelmsford Council’s planning committee and are said to have caused a disturbance. The incident happened shortly after councillors agreed to plans for a Waitrose supermarket, along with 39 apartments, to be built on Royal Mail’s sorting office site. Members of the EDL are against the relocation of the Islamic Community Centre, which has been on the site for 20 years’.
BBC News: Public duped into funding bomb plotters. ‘The general public unwittingly donated thousands of pounds to a group of men planning to carry out suicide attacks in Britain, a court has heard. Three Birmingham men posed as collectors from a genuine charity – Muslim Aid – and went door-to-door in the city and Leicester, it heard. But the charity received a fraction of the money, Woolwich Crown Court heard. Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, deny engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts’.
Daily Mail: Qatata linked to foiled ’second 9/11′ plot. ‘Hate preacher Abu Qatada – who is appealing against deportation from Britain – is linked to fundamentalists accused of plotting a ‘second 9/11’, it emerged yesterday. The extremist cleric is the spiritual leader of Jordan’s banned Salafi network which is accused of planning a string of suicide strikes in the country’s capital, Amman, on tourist hotels, shopping malls and the British and US embassies. Homes belonging to UK diplomats and ex-pats were also targets’.
Comment: The Guardian: A boycott of the police commissioner elections could let in extremists. Nina Kelly discusses why, due to expected low turnout, the possibility of a far right candidate winning in the forthcoming elections is higher than one might expect.