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Friday, 25 April 2014

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BNP pair deny public order offence

Two BNP councillors have denied a racially-aggravated public order offence relating to leaflets distributed during an election campaign.

Dawn Charlton, 49, of Ewanrigg Road, Maryport, and Clive Jefferson, 46, of Slatefell Drive, Cockermouth, are accused of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress by displaying writing, a sign or visible representation which was threatening, abusive or insulting.

They pleaded not guilty to the offence in a hearing at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court, watched by BNP leader and North West MEP Nick Griffin.

The charges relate to leaflets distributed in Maryport in the run-up to county council elections in May.

Charlton and Jefferson both spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses and that they understood the proceedings in the hearing, which took about half an hour.

The case was adjourned to September 18 for a case management hearing.

Charlton and Jefferson were released on unconditional bail.

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