BNP member denies racism charges

A member of the British National Party and former Stoke-on-Trent councillor has denied charges of racism.

Michael Coleman, 45, of Caverswall Road, Weston Coyney, denied two counts of racially aggravated harassment. The charge relates to allegedly racist language used in two articles on his website between 8 August 2011 and 8 March 2012.

He appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court and will go on trial later this year at a date to be set.

BBC News, 21 June 2012