07./ 8.12.2011

Last week, two men who were accused of having set fire to a most in Stoke-on-Trent on December 3rd were found guilty of the attack and have each been sentenced to 10 years in jail. The court heard that ex-soldier Simon Beech, 23, and Garreth Foster, 29, planned the arsonist attack in revenge after Muslim extremists burned poppies in Armistice Day (as reported). Beech also admitted that he had been a member of the English Defence League and the BNP. However, he said he was not racists and did not believe his views to be extreme. Subsequently, the judge did not believe the attack to be solely aimed at extremists, but at Muslims more generally.

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