WIGAN POLICE BULLIES - COMPLAIN!
We have now discovered that the police officer responsible for the cancellation of the Lancashire Battle for Britain Road Show was one P.C. Ian Liptrot from the Licencing Department at Wigan Police Station (Greater Manchester Police).
This bullying little politically correct fascist threatened the owner of the Pure Nightclub in Leigh with the loss of his licence and a taxi contract if he allowed the event to go ahead. This threat is of course totally illegal and utterly groundless, but worried about his business and the jobs of his staff in these hard times, the club owner reluctantly agreed to cancel the event.
Although we were able to find a last minute replacement venue, we are not going to take this lying down!
You can help by complaining to Greater Manchester Police! Ask them to confirm that the police have no right to try to bully private businesses into breaking contracts, that the BNP is as entitled as any other political party to hold meetings and fund-raising events and that far from trying to stop such events the police in fact have a legal obligation to take steps to guarantee our right to express and impart our political views.
Demand an investigation into and disciplinary action over P.C. Litrott's actions, and a formal apology from Wigan police to the venue owner and the BNP.
> GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE COMPLAINTS FORM> Telephone: 0161 872 5050
BNP meeting cancelled
A British National Party meeting in Leigh has been cancelled at the 11th hour.
BNP activists today alleged that the owner of the Pure Club in the town had been threatened by police with losing his licence and taxi contract if he went along with hosting the controversial event this evening (March 13).
But the police say that it was the owner's decision to change his mind, fearing negative publicity and public order trouble for him and other businesses.
The BNP said this morning that it had found an alternative venue for its rally but would not disclose where it was. The original venue for the party's Battle of Britain Roadshow in West Bridgewater Street was to have seen the BNP leader Nick Griffin giving a speech.
BNP newsletters had widely advertised the event internally, but when challenged by reporters the BNP refused to confirm or deny where (or indeed if) the meeting would take place at the Pure Club (formerly Dee Jays), in Leigh. Owner Dave Rowlands had confirmed that he had been approached earlier this month by the BNP to stage the rally. But Mr Rowlands, who also runs a taxi firm in the town, said then: "The club is currently closed for refurbishment , so nobody, not the just the BNP or their protesters, nobody can use it."
However anti-fascist protesters are pledging to stage their own peaceful demonstration outside the club despite the denials. And a statement issued by the BNP today named a Wigan borough police officer as the person who had put pressure on Mr Rowlands to withdraw his hospitality. It added: "This bullying little politically correct fascist threatened the owner of the Pure Nightclub in Leigh with the loss of his licence and a taxi contract if he allowed the event to go ahead. "
This threat is of course totally illegal and utterly groundless, but worried about his business and the jobs of his staff in these hard times, the club owner reluctantly agreed to cancel the event."