Far right group has designs on Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

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An extreme right wing group who staged a meeting in Cumbernauld last week have told this newspaper that this isn’t their last visit.

For it has emerged that members of the controversial Britain First group want to return to the town with a view to increasing its sphere of influence here

The leader of Britain First Paul Golding told us: “The reception was very supportive and positive and we hope to return there in the near future.”

It’s also emerged that Britain First intend to put up candidates at the Scottish Parliament Election.

And when asked if he would outrule doing so in Cumbernauld, Mr Golding said: “Definitely not.”

The group first hit headlines in this newspaper when they were accused of intimidating mosque-goers in Cumbernauld’s new Craighalbert-based place of worship last summer.

However their second appearance on Wednesday, April 29 drew a heavy police presence to Cumbernauld railway station where the group had promised to meet.

A counter-demonstration was planned at the station which involved a group of anti-racist campaigners who travelled in from Glasgow.

For more on this story see this week’s edition.

Picture comes courtesy of Bill Henry.