Accused of race crimes

THREE alleged members of the far-right English Defence League movement have been charged over race related vandalism including at Hartlepool mosque.

Two men and one woman have been charged by police with conspiracy to commit racially aggravated criminal damage.

They are accused of being behind three spray paint attacks, which all are alleged to have happened on the same day last November.

One was at Nasir Mosque, in Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool.

The other addresses were the Albert Guest House and Milko store, both in Shotton Colliery.

A spokesman for Durham Police said: “At the time of the alleged offences all three people claimed membership of the English Defence League.”

A 24-year-old from Peterlee, a 31-year-old from High Pittinton, County Durham and a 19-year-old woman from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, have been bailed to appear at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, May 11.