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Far-right group member sentenced after nailing Koran to a proposed Muslim centre

Former Melrose Arms in  Front Street, Shotton Colliery

Former Melrose Arms in Front Street, Shotton Colliery

A MEMBER of a far-right group nailed a copy of the Koran to a proposed Muslim education centre.

Graham French, 28, also sprayed EDL, which stands for English Defence League, on the former Melrose Arms in Shotton Colliery, in December.

It was after planning permission for a change of use, which has caused controversy, was granted.

French, of Dene Crescent, Shotton Colliery, admitted racial or religious aggravated criminal damage to the wall of a multi-faith centre.

Information on social media suggested French is a member of a group calling itself the Shotton Defence League.

He was given a community order with six months supervision at Peterlee Magistrates Court plus a one-month tagged curfew between 10.30pm and 7am.

• Read more in Thursday’s Hartlepool Mail.

 

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