FACES OF HATE

» Rally ‘or­gan­iser’ was jailed for kid­nap plot » Anna Soubry abuser in new ‘Nazi’ rant

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - BY OLIVER MILNE

TWO faces of hate are at the heart of ugly pro-Brexit yel­low vests protests.

Danny Thomas, who ral­lied sup­port­ers yes­ter­day, did time for a “fright­en­ing” armed kid­nap plot.

James God­dard, ar­rested over Nazi taunts at MP Anna Soubry, ranted that po­lice had “opened a can of worms”.

A FAR-RIGHT yel­low vest pro­tester was de­scribed as “ex­traor­di­nar­ily fright­en­ing” by a judge who jailed him for a kid­nap plot.

Danny Thomas, who is body­guard to po­lit­i­cal ag­i­ta­tor Tommy Robin­son, was given two years after three thugs tried to snatch a man at knife­point.

The gang mis­tak­enly be­lieved their vic­tim had stolen drugs worth £10,000.

Jail­ing them, Recorder Wil­liam Mous­ley QC said: “This would have been an ex­traor­di­nar­ily fright­en­ing in­ci­dent.

“It was cow­ardly... an ex­tremely un­pleas­ant in­ci­dent.”

Dad-of-four Thomas, 29, was jailed at Portsmouth Crown Court in 2016 after he and two oth­ers ad­mit­ted at­tempted kid­nap. They had swooped on a house in Hayling Is­land, Hants, telling their vic­tim “they were £10,000 down”.

Prose­cu­tor Robert Grif­fiths said: “They were all say­ing ‘You’re com­ing with us’. It seems they got com­pletely the wrong per­son.”

De­tails of Thomas’s past came as he at­tended a yel­low vest rally yes­ter­day.

Fel­low ag­i­ta­tor James God­dard, 29, was ar­rested by po­lice on sus­pi­cion of a pub­lic or­der of­fence in re­la­tion to an in­ci­dent at West­min­ster last Mon­day.

Pro­test­ers had swarmed around Tory MP Anna Soubry and branded her a “Nazi”. Thomas, mean­while, was seen in pic­tures from a Lon­don demo the day be­fore. He was goad­ing po­lice, jab­bing his fin­ger and in the

thick of the ac­tion as of­fi­cers tried to main­tain or­der. Thomas has risen to promi­nence on the far right since be­ing re­leased from prison last year.

He has ap­peared gloat­ing at the side of English De­fence League founder Robin­son, 36, who is now an ad­viser to UKIP leader Ger­ard Bat­ten.

Thomas has also ap­peared with Mr Bat­ten and trav­elled to Ger­many to cam­paign with anti-Is­lamic group Pegida.

He brands him­self Danny Tommo in on­line videos and claims to be “re­port­ing” on the yel­low vests. He told the Sun­day Mir­ror he had turned his life around, say­ing: “When I went to prison

Ev­ery now and then far-right groups crawl out from un­der a rock... these are no dif­fer­ent

MP ANNA SOUBRY ON PRO­TEST­ERS WHO IN­TIM­I­DATED HER

I was away from my chil­dren. I took what I was given, I ac­cepted what I did was wrong. I came out and all I did was make sure I bet­tered my­self, I go to church ev­ery week.

“I sup­port Tommy. I’m do­ing what’s right for me to have karma for the fu­ture.

“I did wrong, I’ve changed my life around and now I’m do­ing good.”

BOASTS

In so­cial me­dia videos he called on sup­port­ers to at­tend yes­ter­day’s demo and in­structed them not to put on their vests be­fore they reach rally points.

He also has an on­line do­na­tions site on which he boasts of or­gan­is­ing five demos with more than 200,000 at­ten­dees in the past year. Thomas uses the page to fund his ac­tivist life­style after PayPal stopped ac­cept­ing pay­ments.

Face­book has also deleted the pages of fel­low far-right cam­paign­ers.

Thomas added yes­ter­day: “I re­port on the yel­low vests. I 100 per cent sup­port

it, but don’t or­gan­ise it. What we stand for is to make sure our chil­dren grow up in a so­ci­ety that is not full of ha­tred. I’ve got no prob­lem with le­gal im­mi­gra­tion if we are help­ing peo­ple from war torn coun­tries, like we did with the Jews in World War Two.

“But peo­ple are leav­ing their own coun­tries just to have the ben­e­fits of our coun­try. UKIP is the fu­ture. We are not racist. My girl­friend’s dad comes from Iran. Through­out our move­ment we have black peo­ple, Sikhs, Mus­lims. I am not racist. I have lots of Mus­lim friends. I have no prob­lem with them.”

Thomas’s pal God­dard, mean­while, was freed by po­lice later and given just two hours to leave the area in­side the M25.

He read out the de­tails of his bail to sup­port­ers at a pub in Hol­born, Lon­don, be­fore re­turn­ing home to Le­ices­ter.

Re­fer­ring to the Home Sec­re­tary and Met Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, he said in a video posted on­line: “Sa­jid Javid is in­volved, Cres­sida Dick is in­volved. I have to leave the area of the M25 within two hours or they are go­ing to put me back in there. I have to sign on at the po­lice sta­tion ev­ery Mon­day and Fri­day.

“I have to live at home, I’m not al­lowed in the con­si­tituency area of Anna Soubry or any of her work­places or press events.”

As sup­port­ers chanted “Soubry is a Nazi”, de­fi­ant God­dard added: “I’ll just go do some­thing in Manch­ester or Le­ices­ter. This is all about si­lenc­ing peo­ple.” He even claimed Ms Soubry or­ches­trated his ar­rest, say­ing: “She is not even a mem­ber of Cab­i­net and she has done this – it is all her. This is gonna open up the big­gest can of worms ever be­cause of what she has done. Ev­ery­one who has ever been called a Nazi should re­port it to po­lice.”

Yel­low vest pro­test­ers had gate­crashed the Peo­ple’s Assem­bly Against Aus­ter­ity rally, at­tended by thou­sands in Trafal­gar Square yes­ter­day. Thomas was there – film­ing him­self and mix­ing with anti-aus­ter­ity cam­paign­ers.

Bot­tles were thrown, one man was ar­rested and an EU flag was burned in nearby Par­lia­ment Square.

Ms Soubry, mean­while, branded the yel­low vest move­ment’s lead­ers “racist, fas­cist and a threat to democ­racy”.

She said: “Ev­ery now and then far-right groups crawl out from what­ever rock they’ve been hid­ing un­der and latch on to an is­sue to try and spread their views. These peo­ple are no dif­fer­ent.”

DEMO Thomas yes­ter­day

BILE God­dard slammed cops

CONDID CAM­ERA Ex-jail­bird Thomas at rally yes­ter­day

TAR­GET MP Anna Soubry

YEL­LOW PEST Thomas in thick of Lon­don demo

VEST AR­REST God­dard is led away yes­ter­day

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