Infidels’ leader in court over Sunderland mosque demonstration

Warren FaulknerThe leader of far-right group the North East Infidels has appeared in court accused of causing disorder during a demonstration at the site of a new mosque in Sunderland.

Warren Faulkner, who leads a splinter group of the English Defence League, will be tried by a jury after he denied causing fear or provocation of violence at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on Thursday March 21, 2013.

He also pleaded not guilty to possessing cocaine, a Class A drug.

Around 200 people attended the pre-planned demonstration on St Mark’s Road in Millfield on Saturday, October 6 2012, where a former council transport depot is being converted into a mosque for up to 150 Pakistani Muslims.

The English Defence League and Scottish Defence League were among the protesters. There was a counter-demo including people from the Sunderland Anti-Fascist Coalition and a group of local Muslims.

Numerous arrests were made and 13 people in total charged with a range of public order offences.

Faulkner will next appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on May 16.

Seven people have pleaded guilty to charges relating to the disorder.

Sky Tyne and Wear, 21 March 2013