Deputy leader of far-right group Britain First Arrested Over Speech in Belfast

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Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First which is a far-right group, has been arrested in London because of a speech made at a rally this summer in Belfast.

On Saturday, Fransen, who is 31 and from Penge in south-east London, was arrested by Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detectives in Bromley.

Paul Golding, the Britain First leader, posted a video on his Twitter feed and said that Fransen would be transported to Belfast to be interrogated regarding the comments that she made outside the City Hall last August.

Golding stated: “A large group of plain clothes police detectives from Belfast of all places jumped out of nowhere and have arrested Jayda.

“What have they arrested her for? Both of us addressed, made a speech, at a public demonstration outside Belfast City Hall all the way back in August.

“The detective I spoke to told me she is being flown to Belfast tonight to be interrogated.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous – this is non-stop with me and Jayda, non-bloody stop.”

Golding said that his colleague had been arrested for “no bloody reason.”

Fransen and Golding were in Belfast on the 6th of August for a demonstration by about 50 people calling themselves as Northern Ireland Against Terrorism. The demonstration occurred on the same day as a republican march that was organised by the Anti-Internment League to commemorate the British Army’s use of detention without trial during the height of the Troubles in 1971.

A spokesperson from the PSNI stated: “A 31-year-old woman has been arrested by PSNI Criminal Investigation Branch Detectives in London today.

“The arrest was made in Bromley by PSNI detectives working with officers from the London Metropolitan Police Service.

“The woman is being brought to Belfast to be interviewed under Art 9(1) of the Public Order (NI) Order 1987 in relation to speeches made at the Northern Ireland Against Terrorism Rally on Sunday 6th August this year.”