12 BNP Members on Bail After Distributing Leaflets "Inciting Racial Hatred"
TWELVE British Nationalist Party (BNP) members have bee arrested and released on bail on suspicion of distributing material under the Incitement to Racial Hatred Act. The incident happened in Liverpool City Centre.
Twelve British National Party (BNP) members have been arrested on suspicion of distributing racist material in Liverpool city centre.
Merseyside Police said the men were held at about 1250 GMT after leaflets were distributed in the Whitechapel area of the city.
Roy Goodwin, organiser of the Blackpool and Oldham BNP branches, confirmed 12 party members were arrested.
He said the contents of the leaflets had been "carefully vetted".
The 12 men were later released on bail to appear at a police station early in the New Year.
Police said those arrested were a 29-year-old and a 51-year-old from the south Liverpool area; a 64-year-old from the Wirral; a 19-year-old; a 46-year-old and a 41-year-old from north Liverpool; a 61-year-old and a 42-year-old from Knowsley; a 70-year-old; a 44-year-old; and a 29-year-old and a 48-year-old from St Helens.