Author: TERRI-ANN WILLIAMS FOR MAILONLINE
Britain First leader Paul Golding has been charged with a series of offences related to anti-immigration leaflets distributed in County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
Golding, 36, is charged with three counts of publishing written material intended to stir up hatred.
He has also been charged with one count of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour.
The charges are linked to literature promoting a Britain First anti-immigration rally planned for Ballymena this Saturday.
Posters advertising the protest claimed that Britain First is ‘leading the campaign against this huge wave of immigration’ and is ‘demanding an immediate halt’ in Ballymena.
Tension has been brewing in Ballymena recently after a sudden surge of Romanian migrants moved into the town in Northern Ireland.
Golding was arrested on Wednesday.
He is due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court on November 15. Earlier today he was released from Musgrave Police Station in Belfast.
After his release, followers of the Britain First movement thanked him for ‘sacrificing’ his life to protect them.
In a statement released on the Britain First website, the group has confirmed that the planned rally will still go ahead.
It read: ‘We’re not yet clear about the official reason for the arrest.
‘However, the rally will proceed as planned. A team of activists is already there preparing for the event, and we have local speakers ready to participate.’
Posting on Instagram Golding said he is currently preparing a statement for followers, after the ‘ridiculous events of the last 24 hours’.