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Britain First's Paul Golding tries to get arrested in fundraising stunt

BRITAIN First’s claim that leader Paul Golding had been nicked for a fourth time was yesterday exposed as a desperate lie designed to raise cash for their fascist gang. 

The Met police confirmed Mr Golding was not arrested when he arrived at Bexleyheath police station on Wednesday with a mob of his paramilitary-styled supporters. 

Britain First claimed he handed himself in after cops with dogs raided two properties in a hunt for the thug. 

But the fascists were left humiliated as their bid to make a martyr of Mr Golding was exposed as a stunt set up to solve their cash shortage. 

A Met spokeswoman told the Star: “A man in his 30s voluntarily turned up a south London police station yesterday afternoon to speak with officers. 

“He wasn’t arrested but he was interviewed under caution.

“No one else was interviewed and there was no warrant for that man’s arrest.”

When pressed to verify Britain First’s raid claims, she clarified: “There wasn’t a warrant out for his arrest. He turned up voluntarily.” 

Matthew Collins, who monitors Britain First’s activities for anti-racist campaign Hope Not Hate, explained the fascists’ desperation behind the tactic. 

“Every time Paul Golding gets arrested they send out an email appeal saying he’s fighting back against radical Islam,” he said. 

“It’s just to put more money in their coffers.

“They’re also on a tour of Britain, so it’s to drive up publicity. 

“They’re determined there will be a confrontation between Muslims and non-Muslims.

“So Paul Golding has told a lie and it’s part of his plan to feed into people’s moral panic.” 

The arrest claim comes days after Mr Golding led a gang of five Britain First foot soldiers in an “invasion” of the Crayford Mosque in east London. 

The group’s “Kent battalion” barged in to intimidate worshippers but were quickly ushered back out. 

One worshipper told the local newspaper that their “aggressive and threatening” behaviour could have sparked violence had they arrived at prayer time. 

Mr Collins said: “Paul Golding should have been arrested for what he did at Crayford but he wasn’t.”

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