Archive for May, 2012

Sikhs and EDL protest against police sweeping muslim sex attack under the carpet

Posted in British Government, English Defence League, police and the legal system with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by britishloyalist

Hundreds of members of the Luton Sikh community are protesting outside local police station amid claims police were failing to properly investigate a sex attack on a young woman.

Police said they were negotiating with the protesters staging the “sit down” protest outside the Buxton Road police station.

It comes after a young Sikh woman, who has not been identified, was reportedly beaten and sexually assaulted in the Bedfordshire town by a “Muslim man”.

On Wednesday night, Bedfordshire Police confirmed they were “in talks” with the protesters to try and “resolve the situation” amid fears of rising tensions.

Reports suggested that more than 300 locals were involved in the protest because of “lack of action” from police over Monday’s attack.

There were reports that members of the English Defence League were also among the crowd.

Prisoners under pressure to convert to Muslim ‘gang’

Posted in British Government, immigrants, islam UK, scum with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by britishloyalist

Prisoners are under pressure to convert to an Islamic “gang” at a high-security jail, with non-Muslims in fear of violence just for cooking bacon, according to an official report.


Inmates at HMP Whitemoor told researchers commissioned by the Ministry of Justice that they changed their faith for protection or because they were bullied into it.
Prison guards said they had a policy of “appeasement” towards the powerful and growing Islamic population, particularly convicted terrorists who were feared to be recruiting future extremists.
Non-believers avoided confrontation with any Muslim in case it led to retribution from the wider group, and said they even avoided cooking pork or bacon in communal kitchens or undressing in the showers in case it caused offence.
The report, written by researchers at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, said: “Conflict and tension existed between and within faith groups.
“There were some intimidating ‘heavy players’ among the Muslim population, who appeared to be orchestrating prison power dynamics rather than propagating or following the faith. Many physically powerful prisoners ‘re-established their outside identities’ as leaders in the prison and used their (newly acquired) faith status as a tool for establishing influence.
Non-Muslim prisoners described wearing underpants in the showers on some spurs (out of ‘respect’ and fear) and some Muslim prisoners described a form of intimidation exerted (‘they probably do feel shamed’) relating to cooking (especially frying bacon) in the kitchens.”
HMP Whitemoor is situated in a “remote Fenland town” far from most inmates’ families, and is home to 440 Category A and B prisoners, almost all of whom are serving more than 10 years behind bars and seven of home are convicted terrorists.
Opened in 1991, three years later it was the scene of an escape by six prisoners including some IRA members.
Following concerns over Islamic radicalisation in a 2008 report by inspectors, researchers visited Whitemoor between 2009 and 2010 to interview staff and inmates.
They found that more than a third (35 to 39 per cent) of prisoners are now Muslims, compared with 11 per cent across all jails.
Many of those they spoke to had converted while inside but they had mixed motivations for doing so, and not all had done so voluntarily.
Reasons included “seeking care and protection”, “gang membership” and “coercion” as well as “rebellion” since Islam was seen as the “underdog”.
Prisoners told the researchers that becoming Muslim was a “cover” for power and influence.
Loners including sex offenders gained safety from joining a large and dominant group, as fellow members would defend them.
Non-Muslims and prison officers claimed that it was an “organised gang” and a “protection racket” rather than a religion, which “glorified terrorist behaviour and exploited the fear related to it”.
Others said they had felt under pressure to convert, with people leaving Islamic literature in their cells and telling them to “read this”, or promising they would be safe from physical assault if they changed faith.
“The threat of assaults motivated by religious fanaticism or extremist ideology added weight to the atmosphere at Whitemoor.”
Guards said there were “proper Al-Qaeda” members in the jail, who were regarded with “awe” by younger inmates, but they avoided confrontation and had “runners” to do their bidding.
Some prisoners described the place as a “recruiting drive for the Taliban” and fertile ground for hatred and a new generation of extremists.
One inmate said he was targeted because he wore a Remembrance Day poppy and his brother served in the Army, with people shouting “your wife’s burning in hell because she’s not a Muslim” at him.
But it was also claimed that non-Muslims felt “envy” at the preferential treatment, including better food, given to Muslims.
The report concluded: “The new population mix, including younger, more black and minority ethnic and mixed race, and high numbers of Muslim prisoners, was disrupting established hierarchies in the prison. Social relations among prisoners had become complex and less visible. Too much power flowed among some groups of prisoners, with some real risks of serious violence. There were high levels of fear in the prison. In particular, there were tensions and fears relating to ‘extremism’ and ‘radicalisation’.
“More prominent, in practice, were pressures (and temptations) felt by some prisoners to convert to Islam. Conditions in the prison made participation in Islamic practices the most ‘available’ option for those looking for belonging, meaning, ‘brotherhood’, trust and friendship.”

Woman jailed over racist rant on tube

Posted in British Government, Enemy's of Britain, immigrants, islam UK, multicultural britain, police and the legal system with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by britishloyalist

Jacqueline Woodhouse sentenced to 21 weeks in jail for racial abuse of Central line passengers which was posted on YouTube

A drunk woman who racially abused fellow tube travellers in a tirade that was posted online has been jailed for 21 weeks.

Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, from Romford in Essex, launched an expletive-laden rant at passengers on the Central line, telling those seated near her: “I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations.”

A seven-minute video of the verbal assault was uploaded to YouTube and viewed more than 200,000 times.

District judge Michael Snow told Westminster magistrates court, central London: “Anyone viewing it would feel a deep sense of shame that our citizens could be subject to such behaviour and may, as a consequence, believe that it secretly represents the views of other white people.”

The judge told Woodhouse she would serve half her sentence behind bars and banned her for five years from using the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway network while drunk.

He recounted how Woodhouse drunkenly boarded the Tube at about 11pm on 23 January. “The train was packed with people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds,” he said. “The people included children.

“She became loud, foul-mouthed and aggressive. She targeted her behaviour at those who weren’t white.

“She directed it at those who were close to her, on occasions directly into their faces. She threatened violence against more than one person and it took place over a prolonged period.”

He said her “grossly offensive” language reflected her hostility to her fellow passengers.

While one traveller was left so shocked by her racist aggression that he no longer felt he could interact with white people on the tube, another, of Pakistani descent, felt victimised because of his “cultural background” and was left wishing he could afford a car to avoid having to take the Underground, he said.

Rejecting suggestions by Woodhouse’s legal team that she felt “deeply ashamed” of her actions, the judge added: “I find that assertion very difficult to believe.

“She initially pleaded not guilty. She changed her plea to guilty one day before her trial. By this time, she had victimised the witnesses twice over by causing them the inevitable worry of having to give evidence and coming into contact with her again.”

Woodhouse was fined following a similar offence on the DLR in December 2008. In the video of her latest foul-mouthed outburst, filmed by businessman Galbant Juttla, Woodhouse shouts in a thick Essex accent: “All fucking foreign fucking shitheads.”

The former secretary, who has since lost her job and now claims benefits, turns to other passengers and asks: “Where do you come from? Where do you come from? Where do you come from?

“All over the world, fucking jokers. Fucking country’s a fucking joke.

“I would like to know if any of you are illegal? I am sure like 30% of you are. Fucking jokers taking the fucking piss.”

Claire Campbell, prosecuting, said Woodhouse began her stream of abuse after a retirement party when she was feeling a little “worse for wear”. She had drunk an unknown quantity of champagne.

Woodhouse sat with her head bowed as CCTV footage of the prolonged rant between St Paul’s and Mile End stations was played to the court.

In it she could be seen turning to the Pakistani man sitting next to her, who is singing his national anthem.

“You can fucking sing my fucking dear friend. I hope they fucking catch up with you and shove you off. I will punch you in the face, you are a fucking joke. Pakistani fucking losers. Ninety percent of you are fucking illegal. I wouldn’t mind if you loved our country.”

She then turns on Juttla, 47, who assures her he would rather be listening to his music than to her ramblings.

“Oh look, he’s filming, hello. Hello government,” she says, leaning into the camera. “Why don’t you tell me where you’re from?”

Juttla, from Ilford, Essex, replies: “I am British.” She then gets her phone out of her handbag and looks as if she is filming him too. “Watch what you are saying,” Juttla warns her.

She replies: “I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations.”

Juttla decided to film Woodhouse – who previously worked for the Department for Transport – when she started berating a black woman named Judy Russell, the court was told.

She stumbled over Russell as she boarded the carriage and proceeded to hurl insults, shouting: “You Africans take our council flats.”

Juttla, a single father of two, was travelling back from the funeral of a close family friend that day. He watched Woodhouse sit down between two Asian men before she lambasted those around her.

The video shows Juttla telling Woodhouse to keep her mouth shut and that she has had too much to drink.

She becomes extremely agitated and starts screaming, saying: “It’s not your country anyway so what’s your problem? It’s been overtaken by people like you.”

In further remarks, she tells passengers: “I’ll have you arrested because you don’t live here”, and “I hope you are not claiming benefits.”

She handed herself in to police after the footage began to circulate and appeared on the Sun website.

Woodhouse told officers she could not remember the rant but recognised herself in the video.

She pleaded guilty to one count of causing racially aggravated “harassment, alarm or distress” by using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour”.

Rebecca Lee, defending, said Woodhouse had been promoted to become PA for a partner at the accountancy firm where she worked the day before she launched her stream of abuse.

“She is dismayed and, I should say, not only for those who were present but also because she has friends and family members who are black and Asian and she knows they would have been shocked hearing those words coming from her,” the lawyer said.

“She maintains she would never have dreamt of saying those words had she not been significantly affected by alcohol, having gone to a leaving party after work on that particular evening.”

Lee suggested a fear of terrorist activity and her views on immigration could have fuelled Woodhouse’s actions. But she recognised this was “no justification” for her behaviour.

“She is ashamed of what happened and wishes she could turn the clock back but of course she can’t,” Lee added. “She is on jobseeker’s allowance, having lost her employment.”

Woodhouse, who was said to be in a “loving” relationship with her partner of 12 years, was supported in court by one of her sisters and a niece.

The publicity and attention to her case was said to have taken a “considerable toll” on her mental health and she was prescribed medication for depression.

She appeared to show no emotion as she was led from the dock.

Outside court, Juttla recalled his horror at the rant. “I was pretty shocked, and I don’t want to go through anything like this again,” he said. “I was born in this country, and I don’t accept any of this behaviour.

“For a third party to say ‘You are on benefits, you are unemployed, you are not British’ … I don’t accept it.

“I think the judge probably made the right decision – she got the order for five years, and she’s got 21 weeks. Hopefully she’ll learn from that.”

In December 2008, Woodhouse verbally abused a male passenger while on a train to Stratford. She asked whether he had paid taxes, adding: “I have had enough of it. Why don’t they go back to where they come from?”

This is what happens to British people who speak out about the mess our country is in.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO IMMIGRANTS WHO ATTACK BRITISH PEOPLE.
Muslim women not used to drinking walk free after attack on woman
A gang of Somalian women who repeatedly kicked a young woman in the head walked free from court after a judge heard they were “not used to being drunk” because they were Muslim.

The four women – three sisters and their cousin – were told the charge of actual bodily harm, which carries a maximum sentence of five years, against 22-year-old care worker Rhea Page would normally land them in custody.
However, the judge handed the women suspended sentences after hearing that they were not used to alcohol because their religion does not allow it.
Miss Page said Ambaro Maxamed, 24, Ayan Maxamed, 28, and Hibo Maxamed, 24, and their 28-year-old cousin Ifrah Nur screamed “Kill the white slag” while kicking her in the head as she lay motionless on the ground.
The support worker from Leicester was left “black and blue” with bruises and needed hospital treatment following the attack which came as she walked to a taxi rank with her boyfriend.
Miss Page was left so traumatised by the attack that she lost her job due to repeated absences with stress and flashbacks.
She had been walking home with her boyfriend after a night out when the drunken women attacked her, knocking her to the ground and taking turns to kick her in the head.
She said: “I had gone for a drink after work and then I met my boyfriend for a couple more before heading home.
“We didn’t want to stay out too late so we went to get a taxi and all of a sudden I heard these women shouting abuse at me.
“We were just minding our own business but they kept shouting ‘white bitch’ and ‘white slag’ at me.
“When I turned around one of them grabbed my hair – she literally wrapped her fingers in my hair – then threw me on the ground. That’s when they started kicking me.
“They were taking turns to kick me in the head and back over and over. I was lying on the ground the whole time, crying and screaming. It was terrifying. I thought they were going to kill me.
“Eventually the police came but it felt like ages. Afterwards I was covered in blood and hair. I had a bald patch on my head where they had yanked my hair out and I was black and blue all over.
“I honestly think they attacked me just because I was white. I can’t think of any other reason.”
She suffered bruises and grazes to her head, back, legs and arms, and had clumps of hair pulled out.
Seventeen months on from the attack, which happened in Leicester city centre, she is still undergoing counselling and suffers from panic attacks and flashbacks.
She attended Leicester Crown Court for the sentencing of her attackers.
The women all admitted actual bodily harm and received suspended sentences.
Miss Page claimed that not jailing the women sent out the wrong message about street violence.
CCTV footage of the assault, which happened on June 18 last year, was shown in court.
Sentencing, Judge Robert Brown said: “This was ugly and reflects very badly on all four of you. Those who knock someone to the floor and kick them in the head can expect to go inside, but I’m going to suspend the sentence.”
He said he accepted the women may have felt they were the victims of unreasonable force from Miss Page’s partner Lewis Moore, 23, who tried desperately to defend her from the attack.
During the hearing, James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, said Ambaro Maxamed, who started the violence, had called Miss Page a “white bitch” during the incident.
However, the women, who are all Somalian Muslims, were not charged with racial aggravation.
Nur, who joined in the attack after initially acting as a peacemaker, said it was in fact the victim’s partner who had been racially abusive, but Mr Bide-Thomas said that was not accepted by the prosecution.
Gary Short, defending Ambaro Maxamed, said the attack was down to alcohol.
He said: “Although Miss Page’s partner used violence, it doesn’t justify their behaviour.
“They’re Somalian Muslims and alcohol or drugs isn’t something they’re used to.”
As well as the suspended sentence, Hibo Maxamed, who needs dialysis three times a week for a kidney complaint, received a four-month curfew between 9pm and 6am.
The others were ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Innocent mum’s horror ordeal: Three years sleeping on floor of filthy jail… because ex tried to smuggle drugs in family’s suitcases

Posted in America, multicultural britain with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2012 by britishloyalist

Her four children were torn from their mother’s arms at an airport in ­Venezuela after £1.2million of cocaine was found


All through her years in a filthy South American jail, Laura Webb dreamt of the day she would see her four young children again.

It was that hope which kept her alive while she struggled through 36 brutal months for a crime she did not commit.

But the reunion when it came was ­bittersweet. Laura was finally freed just a few weeks ago.

And her two youngest children didn’t know who she was… as they were too young to remember her.

All four children were torn from their mother’s arms at an airport in ­Venezuela after £1.2million of cocaine was found in the family’s suitcases.

Laura had been duped by her ex-husband Paul Makin, who had ­selfishly used her and the children to ­smuggle drugs into Britain.

The terrified children spent two weeks in an overcrowded ­orphanage before they were brought home by a relative.

Laura, 34, would spend the next three years in fear for her life while trying to sleep on the concrete floors of one of the world’s most notorious jails.

Her two youngest children would forget her face. But, slowly and gently, she is ­getting to know them again.

“Seeing them for the first time was such an emotional experience,” she says.

“The babies had grown so much. I knelt down in front of them both and said: ‘hi, it’s mummy.’ They looked back at me a little blankly.

“It was so hard, but I knew they had been too young to remember me so I had ­prepared myself for it.

“I asked if I could have a hug and they both put their arms around my neck. I couldn’t stop the tears from coming.

“I stood up and turned to the older two. They had huge smiles.

“They said: ‘Hi mum’, and threw their arms around me. We hung on to each other for what seemed like an eternity.

“The little ones are getting to know me more and more. It’s ­heartbreaking. I hope and pray that one day things will be different.

“There were moments over the last three years when I didn’t think I would ever make it home to them.

“They kept me going. I thought of them every minute of every day. They saved my life.”

Speaking of her hellish ordeal for the first time this week, Laura recalled how she was persuaded by ­ex-husband Paul, 34, to go on a week’s holiday with him and the children in February 2009.

He’s the father of the two youngest children. The older two are Laura’s from a earlier relationship.

“The kids had never been on holiday, let alone abroad,” says Laura. “They were so excited, so I agreed.”

A few nights before they were due to leave, bus driver Paul ­delivered three new matching suitcases to Laura’s house in ­Birkenhead, Wirral.

“We didn’t have any of our own,” says Laura. “Paul said he’d take care of it.”

The older two helped fill them with shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops for the beach.

At the Laguna Mar hotel on the holiday island of Margarita, Laura and ex-soldier Paul had separate rooms and the children stayed with her.

“They absolutely loved it,” she says. “The older two were in and out of the pool all day and I was with the babies in the shade. Paul did his own thing.

“There were some days when I didn’t see him at all.

“He often left the hotel and didn’t come back for several hours. I didn’t know what he was doing and I didn’t really care.”

On the day they left, Paul loaded their four cases on to the coach which took them to the airport.

“We joined lots of other families in the queue to check in,” says Laura.

“I could see everyone’s cases being searched on a table by uniformed customs officials.

“When it was finally our turn, I lifted my case up on to the table and smiled at the officer. He opened it, had a look inside, then closed it and handed it back.

“Then Paul lifted the first of the other three cases on to the table. The guard opened it, looked inside, and then ­suddenly stopped.

“He called two other officers over and began talking to them in Spanish. I looked at Paul but he wouldn’t look me in the eye.

“The officers ushered us away from the queue and into an office.

“The suitcase was put on a table and Paul stood in front of it. The officer turned it upside down, emptied everything and flipped it over.

“Suddenly, he had a knife in his hand and just plunged it through the bottom of the case.

“Instantly, a cloud of white powder, like a puff of thin smoke, blew upwards. It was like something out of a film.

“I couldn’t believe it. I cried out, ‘What have you done?’ My mind seemed to connect everything together ­instinctively. Paul had been in trouble with the police over drugs before.

“I knew it was cocaine. I knew Paul was behind it. I knew he’d used the kids and me to try to get away with it. It all swam into my mind at the same time.”

Laura fainted and came round ­several minutes later in a different office.

“The children looked terrified,” she says. “They started crying and clinging on to me.

“Deep down, I knew I hadn’t done ­anything wrong so I presumed nothing was going to happen to us. I thought the children and I would just get on the flight without him.”

Paul admitted the cocaine was his and that he had been trying to smuggle it into Britain.

He told the officers Laura knew nothing of what he’d done and pleaded with them to let her and the children go.

But several hours later, a British Consulate official arrived and explained they were both being held and the children were being placed in temporary care

“I told them ‘no’ and drew the kids to me,” says Laura.

“I squeezed them tight and tried not to cry. But it was too hard. Paul tried to put his arms around us all but I spat at him to get away.

“The older two were either side of me and put both their arms tight around me. They were crying hysterically and their fingers had to be prised open.

“Seconds later, the door had opened and closed and they were gone.

“Paul hadn’t said a word. If I’d had a knife I would have killed him.”

Laura and Paul were locked up in Venezuela’s notorious San Antonio jail to await trial.

“I was the only British woman in there,” says Laura. “The ­conditions were horrific. As I was led in, I could feel hundreds of eyes on me.

“There was filth everywhere. I was led to a stinking, dark room and told that was where I would sleep.

“It was the size of a living room but 18 women slept inside. There were no beds.

“Everyone slept on the floor. I ended up with a tiny patch up against a filthy sink unit.

“The only shower was an old rubber hosepipe which just trickled cold water. None of the other women I shared with spoke English.

“That first night, I cried the entire time. I thought, ‘My God, I can’t do this. I’m going to die in here.’ I heard rats scuttling about and there was a constant noise of women shouting and ­arguing.

“I was so scared I didn’t sleep a second.”

After two weeks, Laura was charged with drug trafficking and told her trial would take two years to reach court.

“Paul was in the room with me and we were told at the same time,” says Laura. “I flipped. I attacked him and had to be pulled off by three people.

“The news almost killed me. For weeks I felt lower than I ever thought possible. The first Christmas was horrendous.

“The children were back home in the UK by then, which I was so grateful for. But to not be with them on Christmas Day was heartbreaking.

“A few inmates managed to get hold of mobiles and one let me call them.

“I spoke to the older two and lied that I was fine. I said I would see them soon and wished them a Merry Christmas.

“They were really strong and didn’t cry, but inside I was in agony.

“I managed to call home now and again and speak to my mum and dad but I found it so distressing that I didn’t do it ­often.

“I just told myself that the children and mum and dad were at home, they’re getting on with life and they’re fine.

“Worrying about them was too upsetting. But I missed the children so badly.”

Somehow Laura settled into a routine, learning a little Spanish as she tried to talk to the other women.

Food was mostly rice and beans and a little meat scavenged from kind guards.

But jail was still a dangerous place.

“I was in fear for my life most days,” says Laura. “I had to be so careful. The wrong look or the wrong word to the wrong person could be fatal.

“I got into an argument with a ­Jamaican woman over a carton of fruit juice.

“She stabbed me in the arm with a pair of ­scissors. I had to fight back or I’m sure she would have killed me.

“I made some friends but the language barrier was hard. Mercifully, all the guards were good to us. Mostly, I kept myself to myself and thought of home.”

In July 2009, seven months after being arrested, Paul admitted trying to ­smuggle 23kg of cocaine and was given an eight-year sentence.

Six months after that, Laura pleaded not guilty but was convicted of being his accomplice and sentenced to four years and six months.

Due to time ­already served and for good behaviour she was released last month.

“Mum and dad met me at Manchester airport and I fell into their arms,”says Laura. “We were all crying, but this time it was through relief and joy.”

The following day came the long-awaited reunion with her precious children.

“One day I’ll tell them how they got me through all this… and how I owe them my life,” said Laura.

lib Dem: Cabinet minister describes record unemployment levels as GOOD news

Posted in British Government with tags , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2012 by britishloyalist

Energy Secretary Ed Davey admitted slow economic growth was worrying but said jobless figures could have been much higher


CABINET minister Ed Davey sparked fury yesterday by describing record unemployment levels as “good news”.

The Energy Secretary admitted slow economic growth was worrying but said jobless figures could have been much higher.

He said: “What has been good news is how the labour market has reacted, how unemployment has reacted.

“We have not seen the big increase in unemployment that many people predicted.”

Mr Davey made the remarks on a visit to the North East, where unemployment stands at 11.5%.

Across the country there are more than 2.6 million people out of work, 8% of the population.

Figures released this week also showed there were just under a million youngsters not in work, education or training.

Economists fear more job cuts could be around the corner after the economy sank back into recession again.

He blamed slow growth on “global forces like oil prices and the situation the eurozone”.

Dickheads


A spokeswoman for Mr Davey said yesterday his comments had been taken out of context.

She added: “He simply wanted to draw attention to the fact that his department’s policies have helped attract investment and create jobs.”

But Labour’s Shadow Employment Minister Stephen Timms said the remarks were “staggering”.

He said: “This government is so out of touch they describe the highest level of unemployment in a generation as good news. What planet are they on?”

Ross Smith, of the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “The fact that our member businesses have been creating jobs is clearly good news.

“However, this is nowhere near enough to balance out cuts being made across the public sector.”

Northern TUC boss Kevin Rowan added: “Mr Davey must be aware the North East has the highest unemployment in the UK with nine jobseekers per vacancy.

“Only last week we heard an additional 6,000 people in our region are now out of work compared to last month.

“I find it incredible a Cabinet minister could describe this social and economic catastrophe as good news.”

Them cunts would sell us out to the EU tomorrow

Lottery funding for anti-GM activists

Posted in British Government, EU, secret world with tags , , on May 26, 2012 by britishloyalist

Campaigners who have vowed to destroy genetically modified crops in a mass protest on Sunday have benefited from thousands of pounds of National Lottery funding.


Activists plan to uproot experimental plants at Rothamsted agricultural research centre in Hertfordshire, where scientists are developing a strain of wheat modified to deter aphids, a common insect pest.
Protesters claim that the trial is unsafe and risks contaminating other fields, and pledged to lead activists to the site “where those who wish can participate in removing the GM crop”.
Their planned action – the biggest public protest against GM technology for a decade – has been condemned by scientists, farmers and MPs, who warned that such destruction would set back research into more effective farming methods.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has ordered an exclusion zone around the centre near Harpenden, and police have warned that anyone who enters will face arrest.
One protester has already been arrested — Hector Christie, a veteran campaigner and the eldest son of Sir George and Lady Christie, the owners of Glyndebourne. He is alleged to have broken into Rothamsted a week ago and lopped heads off GM wheat plants.
Today’s “day of action” was called by a new campaign group, Take the Flour Back. Now it can be disclosed that organisations backing the protest have been funded by money raised for good causes from sales of lottery tickets.
Among them is Organiclea, which promotes organic food production in east London. It has called on its supporters to participate today, stating: “We support this action because we believe that the trial is unsafe. It risks contaminating other crops, and the effects on human health and on insects vital to pollination have not been properly tested.
“We will take a 20-minute stroll on public footpaths to the trial site where those who wish to can participate in removing the GM crop.”
In 2009, Organiclea received £300,000 of National Lottery funding to develop a community-based organic market garden. The group also got £272,000 of lottery funding in 2008 to open a café and shop, and £10,000 last year to encourage healthy eating.
Marlene Barrett, of Organiclea, said: “There is no conflict between us taking part in direct-action protests and receiving lottery funding. As an organisation, we have a right to choose what stance we take. In fact, the potential for contamination from GM crops threatens the work we are funded to do.”
Organiclea is a member of the Community Food Growers’ Network (CFGN), which has promoted direct-action tactics among a new generation of anti-GM campaigners.
The idea of “decontaminating” fields – uprooting crops — emerged during meetings last year held by activists concerned about the GM wheat trial. Many were connected to CFGN, whose online manifesto says: “We call for an immediate end to the open-air trials of GM wheat at the Rothamsted research station.”
Another group that forms part of CFGN is the E2 Collective of organic food growers, which has had funding from Tower Hamlets council in east London.
The public face of Take the Flour Back last week was Jyoti Fernandes, who clashed with scientists on BBC2’s Newsnight.
She farms a smallholding in Dorset and helped organise an organic food week in the county funded by the National Lottery.
One of the most high-profile groups to oppose the wheat trials is the Real Bread Campaign (RBC), which was given £239,975 by the Big Lottery Fund in 2009 to pay for a full-time worker and to promote traditional bread. On its website, the RBC publicises the date of the Take the Flour Back event, and says “Together we can stop this trial.”
Yesterday, it distanced itself from plans to uproot crops. A spokesman said: “We object to the GM wheat trials and we have some common interests with Take the Flour Back. But we do not support any illegal action and we are not interested in supporting or taking part in decontamination.”
The Big Lottery Fund said lottery grants could not be used for political campaigns and that it checked the activities of recipients.
A petition opposing the destruction has attracted more than 5,000 signatures.
Lord Willis, the chairman of the Association of Medical Research Charities, said: “As we seek ways to feed a global population, surely seeking ways to improve our crops and their yield must be a central aim of plant scientists. Destroying scientific research is the 21st-century equivalent of burning witches.”
The research centre offered to hold a public debate with Take the Flour Back, but the protest group said the arrangement was not satisfactory.

Cabinet minister Baroness Warsi admits breaking cash rules

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David Cameron has suffered a fresh political blow as the Conservative Party chairman admits that she failed to declare thousands of pounds in rental income.

Baroness Warsi said she did not tell House of Lords authorities that she was receiving income from a London property she had bought and rented out.
She apologised last night for the breach of parliamentary guidelines, blaming “an oversight, for which I take full responsibility”. However, she claimed she had paid tax on the rent.
The disclosure, the latest in a series of crises to hit Mr Cameron, comes as the future of Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, is called into question once again.
Senior sources told The Sunday Telegraph that Mr Hunt, who will be questioned under oath at Lord Leveson’s inquiry into media standards this week, could temporarily step down from front-line politics after the Olympics.
It follows intense pressure over his handling of the attempt by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation to take full control of BSkyB.
The admission by Baroness Warsi is a serious blow to the Conservative Party’s pledge to be transparent in its dealings, and will increase pressure on Mr Cameron to replace her in a reshuffle.
The failure to make a declaration means that the public was unaware that she had another source of income, over and above her salary, which is paid by the Conservative Party, and the £300 a day allowance which she is eligible to claim when she attends the Lords.
The baroness updated the register of interests for members of the House of Lords last Monday. It now states under “land and property”: “Flat in London NW from which rental income is received.”
The Prime Minister and Baroness Warsi have spoken of the commitment to transparency by the Conservatives and the Coalition.
In November 2010 Mr Cameron said “it is our ambition to be one of the most transparent governments in the world”.
In July last year the peer said: “This Government is delivering unprecedented transparency.” The total amount that she failed to declare is not known because Baroness Warsi did not disclose it last night.
Peers are required to register any rental income worth more than £5,000 in a calendar year but do not have to say how much.
However, the amount is likely to run into five figures because it involves rental income from a home in London for at least 12 months.
As well as raising questions over her own financial affairs, it will further strain relations with grassroots members, among whom the 41-year-old baroness is not believed to enjoy widespread popularity.
The political career of her special adviser was also in question last night.
The failure to make a declaration emerged from a dispute between Baroness Warsi and a Conservative donor and fund-raiser, Dr Wafik Moustafa.
He was upset when the Conservative Arab Network, which he founded, was told earlier this year to sever its links with the party and was subsequently threatened with legal action by Baroness Warsi.
That prompted him to disclose that he had given her and her special adviser, Naweed Khan, accommodation in London.
In the course of inquiries made because of his public statement, the failure to make a disclosure about her rental income was discovered.
Baroness Warsi said last night that she bought a flat in Wembley, north-west London, in September 2007 to use after being ennobled.
However, she said that the property transaction was not “due for completion” until 2008 and so she had to find accommodation elsewhere, “predominantly” in two hotels.
“Not having made advance bookings for these hotels, there was a period of about six weeks when I spent occasional nights at a flat in Acton, which was occupied by Naweed Khan, at the time a member of Conservative Campaign HQ staff,” she said. “For the nights that I stayed as a guest of Naweed Khan, I made an appropriate financial payment equivalent to what I was paying at the time in hotel costs.” However, Mr Naweed was actually staying rent-free at Dr Moustafa’s home in London, meaning that by extension Baroness Warsi was receiving his hospitality.
Baroness Warsi said she moved into the Wembley home in March 2008 and stayed there until June 2010, when “upon security advice, I moved to another address closer to the House of Lords”.
She said that some months later she began, “with the prior approval of the Cabinet Office and the Leader of the House of Lords, to let out the Wembley property”.
“Due to an oversight, for which I take full responsibility, the flat was not included on the Register of Lords’ Interests when its value and the rent received came to exceed the thresholds for disclosure,” she said.
“When the discrepancy became apparent this week, I immediately informed the Registrar of Lords’ Interests of its omission. I repeat: at all times my ownership of the flat and the fact that it was being let out was fully disclosed to Cabinet Office officials and HM Revenue and Customs, and was appropriately reported on the register of Ministers’ interests held by the Government.” The disclosure means that she failed to declare rental for at least 12 months, and up to 18 months. An average rent for a one-bedroom flat in Wembley is currently £1,000 a month, meaning the amount undeclared could be as high as £18,000.
Baroness Warsi has been criticised over her performance as Tory party chairman.
Some Conservative MPs want Mr Cameron to replace her with Grant Shapps, the housing minister. Earlier this month the Conservatives performed poorly in local elections, losing more than 400 council seats.
Baroness Warsi became the first Muslim woman to be selected as a parliamentary candidate by the Tories, contesting the Dewsbury seat in 2005, but failed to win.
She went on to be a special adviser to Lord Howard, the former Conservative leader, but saw her career take off under Mr Cameron, who made a special effort to promote ethnic minority candidates and party officials as part of his drive to modernise the Tories.
This month she said a small minority of Pakistani men saw white women as “third-class citizens” and “fair game” — following a case which saw nine Muslim men found guilty of grooming young white girls for sex.