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Britain First pelted with rocks after confronting migrants in Calais

By Ed McConnell and Joe Morgan

Migrants hurled rocks at Britain First who had gone to Calais to tell them not to cross the Channel.

Leader Paul Golding had the idea of heading to France to film confrontations.

Migrants throw stones at Britain First
Migrants throw stones at Britain First

But the convicted racist's European trip ended almost as soon as it had started when the irked refugees pelted him and his supporters with stones.

In a number of uncomfortable exchanges Golding, 37, told groups around the port town that 'Britain is full'.

But migrants responded by throwing missiles at the car carrying the far right activists.

Britain First's footage, which KentOnline is choosing not to publish, shows Golding shoving a camera in the faces of Iranians and Eritreans and saying: "We represent a lot of people in Britain and we don't want you to come to our country.

"You can't go to England you're not welcome. We're full up. We want to look after our own.

A migrant is confronted by Paul Golding
A migrant is confronted by Paul Golding

"Go back to where you came from."

Golding added to camera: "These are the migrants that are infesting Calais.

"They started throwing rocks at us.

"These are the people that are trying to get to Britain, these are the ones that try to get to the beaches of our country.

"It makes me sick. One drive past these people shows how disgusting they are."

Britain First leader Paul Golding. Picture: Britain First Facebook
Britain First leader Paul Golding. Picture: Britain First Facebook

Golding has been jailed for hate crimes.

Britain First’s actions have attracted wide condemnation from anti-racism groups.

Councillor Ben Bano, also co-director of Seeking Sanctuary, which promotes awareness of the plight of refugees, called them “shocking, provocative and irresponsible”.

He said: "This is an unhelpful and unnecessary initiative, which will only inflame tensions."

The far-right group are also under fire for launching patrols along the coast.

Britain First members, with leader Paul Golding, on beach patrol in Dover last Saturday. Picture: Britain First
Britain First members, with leader Paul Golding, on beach patrol in Dover last Saturday. Picture: Britain First

Golding said of the first patrol: "That was more of a trial run. Once we're up and running, we're going to be out there continuously.

"We've got about a dozen activists. We're getting equipment, camping chairs and binoculars and the like.

"Ideally, we'd be out there 24/7. It's going to depend on the man power.

"We went over to Calais to deter them from doing the crossing. We said to them, 'don't bother coming over. This country doesn't want you. Don't bother.'"

But despite his tough-talking rhetoric eight migrants from Iran on a flimsy inflatable dinghy managed to evade the patrols.

They arrived in Dover near St Margaret’s Bay and were taken to be medically assessed before being transferred to immigration officials.

A total of 187 people crossed the Channel in seven days from September 10, when an unprecedented total of 86 people were picked up in six crossings.

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