News from the United Kingdom, Thursday 7th March 2013

The GuardianDerry mortar van contained bomb to destroy evidence, court told. ‘A republican dissident gang was so well prepared for a mortar attack on a Derry police station that it also had a blast incendiary device in a van to destroy all evidence at the weapons’ firing point, a court has been told. Evidence of a carefully planned but ultimately thwarted terrorist attack was heard as two men appeared at Derry magistrates court charged in connection with the discovery of four primed mortar bombs on Sunday. Gary McDaid and Seamus McLaughlin, both of Derry, were refused bail. They are charged with having explosives with intent to endanger life, conspiracy to cause an explosion and having a van for terrorist purposes.’

Luton Today: ‘Luton HQ’ plans for EDL ‘The English Defence League is set to open a headquarters in Luton, says its leader, who has been released from jail. Stephen Lennon, who calls himself Tommy Robinson, said the HQ would be at his tanning shop premises in Hastings Street. “It will be like the Discover Islam centre but we will be telling the truth about Islam,” he said. “I will be in there every day. It’s going to be a nightmare for the police because it’s going to get attacked.” Lennon said the headquarters would be run as a “charity”, as he was unable to run a business because the police had had his bank accounts frozen.’

Liverpool Daily Post: Liverpool Labour’s Theresa Griffin to fight BNP’s Nick Griffin at 2014 European elections. ‘Liverpool Labour party member Theresa Griffin has been selected to fight the European election in 2014. Ms Griffin narrowly missed out on a seat in 2009 as the number three on the Labour party list – when Nick Griffin sneaked a seat for the BNP. Next year Arlene McCarthy will top the Labour list, but the other sitting MEP Brian Simpson is retiring. Opening the prospect for Ms Griffin to be second on the list and secure another Merseyside MEP. Ms Griffin is currently a regional organiser for UNISON, and was a city councillor in the 1990s representing Netherley.’

Cambridge News: EDL form Cambridgeshire Division after rally ‘increases support’. ‘The English Defence League (EDL) has made bizarre accusations that counter demonstrators used “violent language” and “terrified children”. Leaders of the anti-Islamic group also claim 85 of its members turned up at a rally in Cambridge’s Christ’s Pieces and not the 30 estimated by Cambridgeshire police. They also turned on members of Cambridge Unite Against Fascism (CUAF) for holding a counter-demonstration on Saturday, February 23. The group says it has now formed a Cambridgeshire Division after the rally claiming they had increased support from residents.’

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