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A drunk man shouted racist abuse during a hospital visit on Christmas Day and claimed to back the BNP, a court heard.

Homeless Richard Sykes, 36, told staff at the Queen’s Medical Centre: “I am going to hurt every **** here” before making a comment supporting the far right party.

Ali Zaki, prosecuting, told Nottingham magistrates: “Many of the staff are of Asian, Indian and Pakistani heritage.”

Road builder Sykes was said to be “extremely drunk” and had also taken the drug cocaine that day, added Mr Zaki.

The court heard that Sykes had 36 previous convictions including one for a racially aggravated offence in March 2014. A £120 fine, £50 prosecution costs and a £30 government surcharge were ordered from Sykes, who pleaded guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

Nigel Dicks, mitigating, said: “Like most people in this situation, he is not racially motivated and certainly is not in the BNP. This is just someone who can’t even remember what language came out of his mouth when he was in that situation in the hospital.

“There is no underlying malice and he apologises to the court.”

Father-of-two Sykes is currently living on £400 wages left over after working for a firm which went bankrupt. He is “sofa surfing and has no underlying problem with drug or drink abuse,” added Mr Dicks.

Presiding magistrate John Perry told Sykes: “This happened in a public place and was racially aggravated as well.”

Nottingham Post

A man was fined £80 for throwing a firework in the street during a march by the EDL in Nottingham on August 6.

Jack Stevens, 26, pleaded guilty when he appeared before magistrates in the city on Tuesday. He was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs.

The charge was bought under the 1837 Town Police Clauses Act and said that “on King Street he wantonly threw a firework to the obstruction, annoyance or danger of residents”.

A government surcharge of £30 was ordered from Stevens whose address was given in court papers as Oxford Street, Long Eaton.

Officers were drafted in from Greater Manchester, Durham and Lancashire, as well as forces closer to home like Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, to tackle the protest and counter protest by anti-fascist groups.

Businesses said they lost out on thousands of pounds as a result of the disruption, a wedding was moved from the council house and the beach in Old Market Square was temporarily closed.

Police made five arrests but thanked the public for helping them to bring the protests to a peaceful conclusion.

Nottingham Post

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Guramit Singh Kalirai failed to turn up for his trial in September

Guramit Singh Kalirai failed to turn up for his trial in September

A once-prominent member of the English Defence League (EDL) has been jailed after he went on the run following a violent attempted robbery.

Guramit Singh Kalirai, 31, of Ullswater Crescent in Bramcote, Nottingham, did not turn up to his trial in September.

He was found guilty in his absence and sentenced to six-and-a-half years. His two accomplices were jailed.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, he was sentenced to a further nine months for breaching his bail.

Throat slash

Kalirai, who was previously a spokesman for the EDL, was arrested earlier this month in Long Eaton.

During his trial, the jury heard Kalirai and his two accomplices, Andrew Wheelhouse, from Alfreton, Derbyshire, and David Mura, of Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, had raided a shop in May this year.

The three men pinned the shop assistant to the ground and made threats to slash his throat if he did not hand over cash.

Workers at a neighbouring business who heard shouts called the police and managed to stop one of the men escaping before officers arrived.

They were praised by detectives for their “quick thinking and brave assistance” for helping to thwart the robbery.

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THREE criminals tied up a shop assistant and threatened to slash his throat in a botched robbery in Notts.

Andrew Wheelhouse, 31, David Mura, 26, and Guramit Singh Kalirai, 31, went into gardening shop Simply Hydro, in Wigwam Lane, Hucknall, at about 12.30pm on Thursday, May 2, with the intention of raiding it.

Guramit Singh Kalirai

Guramit Singh Kalirai

They attacked a shop assistant, pinned him to the ground and threatened to slash his throat if he did not give them money.

Police were called when workers at neighbouring businesses heard shouting.

Officers arrived a few minutes later and found Mura, of Albert Avenue, Stapleford, hiding in a wall partition. He was arrested at the scene.

Detective Inspector Rich Monk praised the quick-thinking of the staff at nearby firms.

“This was a planned attack on a business premises during opening hours,” he said. “Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. The actions and brave assistance provided by staff at nearby businesses resulted in the robbery being thwarted and an offender being arrested.”

Although the other two raiders fled the scene, officers tracked down Wheelhouse, of Alfreton, and Kalirai, of Ullswater Crescent, Bramcote. They were both arrested.

The trio stood trial at Nottingham Crown Court and were found guilty of attempted robbery.

All three were sent to prison on Tuesday.

Kalirai absconded ahead of the trial and was sentenced to six-and-a-half-years in prison in his absence. A warrant is out for his arrest.

Wheelhouse was jailed for five-and-a-half-years and Mura was sentenced to three years and three months.

Detective Inspector Monk added: “I would also like to thank the officers and staff involved in the investigation who worked tirelessly in bringing the three to justice.

“Inquires are continuing to locate Kalarai. I would urge anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward so that he can be brought before the court.”

Anyone with information about Kalarai should contact Notts Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Nottingham Post

Guramit Singh speaking at an EDL demo in Peterborough

Guramit Singh speaking at an EDL demo in Peterborough

Guramit Singh on BBC TV

Guramit Singh on BBC TV

TWO men who subjected a “decent and hardworking” Asian family to a torrent of abuse have been sent to jail and banned from their shop.

Stefan Davis and Kelvin Barratt were locked up for ten months and told not to go within 200 metres of the family’s newsagents in Bulwell for five years.
Judge Michael Stokes QC, who sentenced them, asked one of their solicitors: “Why should anyone put up with such behaviour?”

The men began their harassment at 7 o’clock one Monday morning as the family unloaded stock outside their newsagent’s in Bulwell.

Barratt, 25, of Courtleet Way, on the Crabtree Farm Estate in Bulwell, pulled a knife as he delivered an onslaught of foul remarks and words.

He asked one “what religion are you?” and she replied “what does that matter?”

He replied: “Because I’m EDL (English Defence League)”.

Matters then seemed to calm, with Davis shaking hands with a member of the family, and the men left.

But Nottingham Crown Court heard how they returned later that day, on April 16, and continued their racial abuse.

“Davis said, ‘I’ll be back. I’ll smash your shop. I’ll come back and rob your shop’,” said Robby Singh, prosecuting.

Davis then went to Tesco and shouted in the store before police arrived and arrested him and Barratt.

Barratt swore and said he had no respect for the police, the court was told.

Both men admitted racially aggravated harassment and using threatening words or behaviour. Barratt additionally pleaded guilty to having the knife.

Judge Michael Stokes QC told them the fact they were both drunk at the time was no excuse.

“The family who own the newsagents in Bulwell were at the shop at the time because they are hardworking, decent individuals.

“They didn’t want any trouble. The court will not tolerate such behaviour.”

The family asked the Post for their store not to be named for fear of further trouble.

Davis, 21, of Bromley Close, also on the Crabtree Farm Estate, accepted his behaviour was wrong, the court heard, and alcohol was a factor.

Andrew Wesley, in mitigation for Barratt, said his client had been out of trouble for nine years, was not a supporter of the EDL, was actively seeking work. He also said he was “deeply ashamed of his behaviour.”