The former leader of the city’s BNP was arrested while taking part in a protest against a new mosque. Kieren Trent was arrested in Victoria Street,Wolverton, during a demonstration held by the right-wing group on Sunday afternoon. A female who was at the protest was also arrested.
The demonstration took place following the decision by Milton Keynes Council’s planning committee to allow The Plough pub in Manor Road, Bletchley, to be converted into a mosque.
It is believed members of the BNP approached Councillor Mike Galloway, cabinet member for development and a member of the committee, because he had voted in favour of the plans.
A police spokesman said: “Officers arrived at the scene and arrested two people on suspicion of racially aggravated public order. A 20-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were taken to police custody in Milton Keynes and later released on bail.
“Reassurance patrols will continue to take place in the area and Thames Valley Police is committed to working with its partners to ensure the safety of all communities in Milton Keynes. Anyone attempting to protest unlawfully can expect a robust response.”
As previously reported by MK NEWS, the plans to convert the disused pub have faced heavy opposition from local residents and members of city right-wing groups like the Milton Keynes BNP and England is Ours. Before the proposal was given the go ahead, more than 100 people took part in a protest outside the pub.
Numerous acts of vandalism have also taken place at the site, such as a pig’s head being thrown on the roof, resulting in the installation of CCTV cameras.
Note that BNP leader Nick Griffin recently hailed the anti-mosque campaign in Milton Keynes as an example of the “increased militancy” with which his party intended to pursue its policy of “protecting Britain” against the threat of Islam.
Update: See also “Mosque protests shock Galloway”, Milton Keynes Citizen, 28 April 2011