News from the United Kingdom, Wednesday 16th January 2013

Bradford Telegraph & Argus: Group of Bradford men threatened Asians after Cleckheaton EDL march. ‘A group of Bradford men were involved in violence and racially aggravated offences against Asian victims, after attending a far-right English Defence League demonstration in Cleckheaton, a court heard yesterday. One Asian man was chased, pushed to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked’.

The Telegraph: Extremists attend more than 200 university events. ‘Islamic extremists preached at more than 200 university events last year raising fresh fears over radicalisation on campus. A dozen events featured speakers with links to the fanatical group Hizb ut Tahrir – a controversial organisation banned by the National Union of Students. Extremists were invited to a host of events despite criticism from Theresa May, the Home Secretary, that universities were “complacent” in tackling the risk of radicalisation’.

The Guardian: Massereene barracks murder conviction quashed. ‘Belfast court rules verdict unsafe on Brian Shivers, only man convicted over Real IRA murders of two British soldiers in Antrim. The only man convicted of killing two soldiers at a military base in Northern Ireland just hours before their redeployment to Afghanistan has had his conviction quashed. Terminally ill Brian Shivers will remain in prison, however, until the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) decides if it will press for a retrial into the Real IRA double murder outside Massereene barracks in March 2009. The PPS could make that judgment within the next 24 hours’.

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