Far right group Britain First including deputy leader Jayda Fransen protest outside Waterlooville kebab shop

Members of the far right political group Britain First - including its deputy leader Jayda Fransen - protested outside a Waterlooville kebab shop.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 29th November 2017, 1:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:12 pm
File photo of the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First Jayda Fransen. Picture: Ben Stevens/PA Wire
File photo of the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First Jayda Fransen. Picture: Ben Stevens/PA Wire

Around eight members of the group, led by Paul Golding, held a protest outside Istanbul Grill in Waterloovile, on Saturday at around 8pm.

Hampshire police were called but said the protest dispersed.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘We were made aware of a small peaceful protest outside the Istanbul Kebab shop in Waterlooville on Saturday evening.

‘Officers attended but the protest had dispersed after a short time.’

It comes after police applied for the kebab shop to have its licensed hours reduced.

That came after officers investigating child abuse allegations launched a wider probe into kebab shops in Havant, Waterlooville and Portsmouth.

A licensing committee report at Havant Borough Council found a ‘failure in the management of the premises... in particular in relation to the prevention of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm’.

Hasan Demirkol, licence holder and owner of Istanbul Grill for 10 years, previously said: ‘If I was in the wrong I wouldn’t appeal.’

He said he had complied with changes police asked him to make, had replaced all staff, and had not seen any wrongdoing taking place on his premises.

Today Britain First has hit the headlines after US president Donald Trump retweeted three posts from Jayda Fransen.

The retweets were met with criticism on Twitter.

Brendan Cox, widower of MP Jo Cox who was murdered by a right-wing extremist, said: ‘Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.’

Paul Joseph Watson, the UK-based editor of far-right conspiracy website Infowars, said: ‘Yeah, someone might want to tell whoever is running Trump’s Twitter account this morning that retweeting Britain First is not great optics.’