Ex PM branded ‘spine­less’ over im­mi­gra­tion

JU­RORS SEE FILM OF CHARL­TON SPEECHES

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Ju­rors in the trial of a pro­tester ac­cused of stir­ring up ra­cial ha­tred have watched video footage of his city cen­tre speeches.

Prose­cu­tors claim Wil­liam Charl­ton’s pub­lic protest talks spread ha­tred against “im­mi­grants, Asians, black peo­ple and the po­lice” and caused a rise in a city’s ra­cial crime and dis­or­der.

It is claimed Charl­ton hid his racist agenda un­der the “cloak of re­spectabil­ity” that he wanted to pro­tect women and chil­dren from at­tacks by speak­ing at the protests in Sun­der­land.

New­cas­tle Crown Court heard the 53-year-old, who is known to friends and sup­port­ers as “Billy”, spoke along with Tommy Robin­son at one of the or­gan­ised protest events, where a woman had to be “es­corted away for her own safety” for car­ry­ing a plac­ard that said “rape does not have a race”.

Charl­ton, of no fixed ad­dress, de­nies six of­fences of stir­ring up ra­cial ha­tred and is be­ing tried by a jury.

On the fourth day of the trial, ju­rors have viewed a speech made by Charl­ton, which Tommy Robin­son at­tended and who can be seen on the video.

Dur­ing the talk, last June, Charl­ton said: “This will never be Rotherham, it will never be Rochdale, this is Sun­der­land.”

The city cen­tre crowd clapped and cheered and chanted their de­mands for “jus­tice”.

Charl­ton branded David Cameron a “spine­less ****** ” for his im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies.

He also told the crowd: “It’s about those peo­ple they’re al­low­ing in.

“We don’t put peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties that are go­ing to at­tack our chil­dren.”

He added: “This is about us, about our city and our town, this is ours, ours.

“I am proud to be a Mackem, proud to be from Sun­der­land.”

Charl­ton spoke about some peo­ple be­ing pun­ished, while oth­ers get “safe houses”.

He added: “Get them off our kids, get them off our streets, get them out of Sun­der­land.”

The court heard a woman had to be es­corted away from the protest for car­ry­ing a plac­ard that said “rape does not have a race”.

A po­lice of­fi­cer in­volved said in a state­ment, which was read to the jury, said: “A fe­male was stand­ing on one of the benches, holding a sign. I don’t know what the sign said.

“Some of the peo­ple gath­ered took ex­cep­tion to this, parts of the crowd were shout­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner, ex­ple­tives were used.

“Due to the con­cern for the fe­male’s safety, we were as­signed to es­cort her away from the area of the march.

“As she was es­corted away, some of the peo­ple shouted and swore at the fe­male.

“We took her to a safe lo­ca­tion then she went on her way.”

An­other of­fi­cer said the woman had be­come “tear­ful” as she was led away.

Charl­ton told po­lice in in­ter­view he has “no con­trol over other peo­ple’s ac­tions.”

He de­nies all charges.

Billy Charl­ton pic­tured out­side of New­cas­tle Crown Court.

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