We’ll march in Savile Town, claims EDL

FAR-RIGHT activitists revealed their intention on Tuesday to demonstrate in Savile Town.

The Dewsbury branch of the English Defence League (EDL) took to Facebook and in a post they wrote in part: “We are not frightened to confront this threat to our town.

“We cannot allow Dewsbury to be classed as a suicide terrorist center (sic). It may be time to revisit Dewsbury, not in the Town Center (sic).

“Is it now time to visit the root of the problem and demonstrate in Savile Town??”

In a later post the EDL Dewsbury branch claimed: “When the time comes and come it will. Announced or unannounced we will demonstrate in Savile Town.”

In a separate move Kirklees Council chief executive Adrian Lythgo expressed sympathy for the victims of last Sunday's suicide bombing in Iraq. He said of Talha Asmal: “This is a desperately sad time for the young man’s family and friends, and our thoughts are with them.

“We are supporting Talha’s family and the community as best we can at this difficult time.

“It is also important that we remember the innocent victims of the bombing from the Kurdish community.

“There are many Kurds in Kirklees who are dealing with the broader loss of life that the continuing fighting is causing.”

 

Facebook threat to MP Sherriff 

MP Paula Sherriff received rape and death threats after last Sunday’s suicide bomb outrage.

A 38-year-old man from the Nottingham area was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of making threats to kill. It followed a post on Miss Sherriff’s Facebook page which said she was a “dead woman and should be raped and murdered”.

Miss Sherriff (Lab, Dewsbury and Mirfield) saw the post late on Monday night and said: “I felt sick. It was just a horrible feeling.”

On Wednesday, Miss Sherriff asked for a meeting with Home Officer ministers and Chancellor George Osborne to review counter-terror policy.

She said: “Current policy is not working. We need an urgent review to stop the likes of Isis and other evil organisations from radicalising young men and women before more lives are lost.”

 

Police chief urges review

POLICE boss Mark Burns Williamson called for a review of the Government’s counter-radicalisation strategy.

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner referred to a Government scheme called Prevent, aimed in part at helping families keep track of relatives’ online activity and how to know if someone is being groomed.

Mr Burns-Williams said: “In terms of the Prevent strategy, there is clearly a need to review that.

“(We need) to work with Government and other authorities to make sure that some of these very difficult discussions do take place in our communities.”

He said in a BBC Radio 4 Today interview that he will seek meetings with ministers.

Officers encouraged anyone with concerns about a friend or relative to get in touch.

Force assistant chief constable Russ Foster said: “Our priority is to keep our communities safe.

“Those who travel to Syria and parts of Iraq are likely to witness extreme violence and could become victims of violence themselves.

“In addition, some may be drawn into taking part and committing violent acts themselves.

“No parent would want to see their child put in danger, exploited or put in a situation where they face death.”

See www.preventtragedies.co.uk for more details.

Concerns can also be raised to police by calling 101 or contacting Kirklees Council safeguarding.

 

We’re losing the fight, warns Warsi

RADICALISATION of British Muslims is a generational fight the authorities are losing, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said.

The Dewsbury-born former communities minister said: “Let’s first of all be very clear about finding the evidence base of what are the drivers to radicalisation... it is only when we start to have that honest conversation that we unpick what is now becoming a generational challenge.”

Baroness Warsi said the Muslim community itself can and must do more to deal with the issue. But she added: “(they) will be able to do that better with a government stood alongside it and collaborating with the community.

“Sadly, over the last six or seven years, there’s been a policy of disengagement with British Muslim communities.”

Baroness Warsi labelled this as an “odd and incredidbly worrying” situation.

She added: “It is now time to end that policy of disengagement and start speaking to the British Muslim communities, and empowering them to do more.”

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