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Jayda Fransen announces she has left far-right group Britain First

Jayda Fransen with Britain First leader Paul Golding (right) at an earlier hearing at Belfast Magistrates' Court. Picture by Alan Lewis, Photopress

A FORMER leader of a far-right group who is facing charges over a rally in Belfast has announced she has left the organisation.

Jayda Fransen, who has been accused of inciting hatred in the city, said yesterday she had left Britain First.

Ms Fransen was deputy leader of the group for several years.

"That chapter of my life is now finished but an exciting and imperative new chapter is about to commence," she said.

She and Britain First leader Paul Golding are among four people due to contest charges at a hearing at Belfast Magistrates' Court on February 13.

The pair are being prosecuted over speeches delivered outside Belfast City Hall.

The case relates to a 'Northern Ireland Against Terrorism' rally in August 2017.

Demonstrators had gathered on the same day as march to mark the beginning of internment.

Golding and Fransen are charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words.

They allegedly intended to stir up hatred or arouse fear by their comments, according to the police case.

Similar charges have also been brought against 60-year-old John Banks, of Acacia Road in Doncaster, south Yorkshire, and Paul Rimmer (55), of Modred Street in Liverpool.

All four accused deny the allegations.

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