Leader of far-right group Britain First arrested in Belfast

Jayda Fransen arrives at Belfast magistrates’ court yesterday

Jayda Fransen, 31, of Beeches Close, Anerly in London, faces two charges relating to behaviour that is meant to or likely to stir up hatred.

Paul Golding was taken into custody outside Laganside courts, where his deputy Jayda Fransen was due to appear before magistrates charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words during a "Northern Ireland Against Terrorism" rally in August.

Police had sought curbs on her ability to participate in future rallies in Northern Ireland, as well as social media use.

She had been released on bail and warned not to go within 500 metres of any demonstration or parade in Northern Ireland as part of the conditions.

It comes just over two weeks after Britain First was put in the spotlight by President Donald Trump, who retweeted three anti-Muslim hate videos posted by Fransen, prompting a rebuke from UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

She has been taken to a Belfast city centre police station for interview.

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In a subsequent statement, the PSNI said that a 35-year-old man will appear before the Belfast Magistrates Court on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Britain First's leader Paul Golding, 35, was also arrested as he accompanied Fransen to the courthouse and later charged in connection with the August incident.

Ms Fransen's lawyer said: "This lady is as entitled to free expression within the law as anyone else".

But Fransen was then re-arrested over another incident that occurred on Wednesday at a peace wall in the city, where she apparently recorded a video speaking about "civil war" in Britain.

Ms Fransen, 31, gained global notoriety in November after US President Donald Trump shared anti-Muslim tweets she had posted online.

The 31-year-old was detained in London and flown to Belfast over a speech made at the rally in August.

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