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EDL members leave pig’s head on a pole at mosque site

5 July 2011 General 4 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

A member of the English Defence League (EDL) in Notts has pleaded guilty to being involved in an anti-Muslim “hate crime”. Christopher Payne helped a group of EDL members put a pig’s head sprayed with an anti-Muslim message on a 4ft yellow pole in Collington Way, West Bridgford. Payne, 25, of Beardsmore Grove, Hucknall, also spray-painted “No mosque here EDL Notts” on the pavement.

Payne appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to two charges of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage and causing racially or religiously aggravated alarm, harassment or distress by words or writing.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said: “Payne had been in a pub in Clifton with other EDL members when he received a text message from a friend who had the pig’s head. It was brought to the pub in a bin liner.”

The court heard there are plans to build a mosque on the site in Collington Way, off Rugby Road.

Payne was arrested on Saturday and told police under interview that he was a member of the EDL who had responsibility for arranging meetings and events in Notts.

District Judge Morris Cooper warned Payne that “all sentencing options are open at this stage” before adjourning the case for a pre-sentence probation report. He said: “You were involved in a course of conduct with others which involved the display of this pig’s head on a stake with grossly offensive comments written on it.”

Payne was granted bail despite police concerns about his involvement with the EDL. The bail conditions include a curfew between 10pm and 5am, that he stays away from West Bridgford and doesn’t go within 200 metres of a mosque. Payne also must not meet with other EDL members.

Payne is next due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on July 21.

Three other men are due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court today in connection with the incident. Wayne Havercroft, 41, of Bestwood Village, Nicholas Long, 21, of Arnold, and Robert Joseph Parnham, 19, of Clifton, are each charged with causing religiously aggravated alarm, harassment or distress by words/writing and religiously aggravated criminal damage.

Wayne Havercroft is also charged with causing religiously aggravated alarm, harassment or distress by words/writing in Nottingham city centre on Saturday 25 June.

Original post: EDL members leave pig’s head on a pole at mosque site


  1. Yeah, mike. Women wearing hijabs are robbing convenience stores at an alarming rate. I’m sure you feel nervous around women with headscarves and burkahs but the rest of the world aren’t frightened milquetoasts like yourself, so we don’t worry about the Muslim women wearing traditional clothing.

  2. One’s religion’s mandates are a far cry from wearing a mask only to prevent identification. It’s a shame that hate filled people are too stupid to understand. It’s hate and stupidity that cause most of the trouble in the world.

  3. Mike, those Sikhs are required to rise up against injustice. A knife comes in handy when rising up, you never know when a teacher may assign you the wrong grade or a kid may steal your milk. No, I think the court made a bad decision and one day one of these children will use their knife for whatever reason and they will review the decision. In retrospect, I and many of my friends carried pocket knives to school daily in the 70s, from elementary school through High School. When in High school I kept my shotgun and shells in the trunk as I enjoyed squirrel hunting in the mornings before school while others kept their rifles on racks inside their vehicles. Now days if a student has a knife enclosed in an emergency road kid locked inside the trunk of the car the student will be arrested.

    I do agree that anytime someone wears a mask, the policeman, store owner, and many others should and do have the right to have the mask romoved or refuse service to the covered individual. It will not matter though, even if a group wins the right to cover themselves, people not of that group will exploit the ruling and conduct misdeeds such that the rules will change again. Even people within the group will exploit their advantage at some point and lend to the changing of the rules.

  4. Mike, your wrong; most of us still carry guns and we still have gun racks: We just cannot take them onto the grounds of schools: It is why in my town and many others in my area you rarely have robbery or home invasions. It is simply too dangerous to break into a home. One young man tried it in Dawson about 18 months ago and got himself shot by an old woman then died in a police chase after limping away from the scene. Crooks here go to great lengths to make sure the houses are empty before they go in. Our local Juries will not convict anyone who is protecting themselves esp in their homes. You would be surprised at the number of concealed weapons you will find on people in my region who you would never suspect of carrying them.

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