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Stoke EDL member stole chocolate bar from Marks and Spencers – before racially abusing and assaulting security guards

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Stoke EDL member stole chocolate bar from Marks and Spencers – before racially abusing and assaulting security guards

Alcoholic Anthony Forrester attacked two supermarket security guards – after they asked him to pay for a bar of chocolate he had stolen and eaten.

The 44-year-old was in the Marks and Spencer store, in Hanley, on October 17 when he picked up a 69p bar of chocolate and ate it without paying. North Staffordshire Magistrates Court heard yesterday how store security guards Ian Creed and Bekezela Ndlovu followed Forrester to Iceland, in Charles Street, to ask him to pay for the food.

Prosecuting, Giles Rowden said: “Mr Forrester picked up a bar of chocolate and ate it and threw the wrapper away. He was approached by the security guards and told them he would pay for it, but he then left the store. The security guards saw the defendant in the Iceland store where he became abusive.”

The court heard that he racially abused and swore at Mr Ndlovu claimed he was a member of the English Defence League.

Mr Rowden added: “He was using abusive language towards Mr Ndlovu, who was just trying to do his job. The other security guard was then punched in the head and bit on the hand. Forrester was then arrested, but on the way to custody he damaged a Perspex cage belonging to Staffordshire Police.”

Forrester, of St Luke’s Court, in Hanley, pleaded guilty to five charges which included theft, assault by beating, criminal damage and using racially abusive and offensive language.

 

Defending, Nicola Bell, said: “Mr Forrester has not appeared before the court in a long time. He has tried to tackle what is a very real alcohol problem which he has not been very successful at addressing. These are serious offences and they are in the context of the record of a man who is now 44 years of age.”

Miss Bell added: “There are two sides to Anthony Forrester. He can be extremely vile and unacceptable, but then there is the Anthony Forrester who wants to change and wants to address issues from the past. There are deep-rooted problems here, but the daily issue is the alcohol.”

Magistrates told Forrester: “This was a nasty, alcohol-fuelled incident.” He was handed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months with 12 months supervision and an alcohol treatment requirement for using racially abusive language and the same punishment for the assault on Ian Creed, to run concurrently.

He was given no further penalty for the theft and criminal damage charges. However, he was told to pay £165 costs and £100 compensation to the victims as well as £20 for damage to Mr Creed’s watch and 69p to Marks and Spencer for the chocolate.

The Sentinel, 4 January 2014


Forrester’s Facebook page includes among his “likes” the far-right Britain First party (a splinter from the BNP) as well as the EDL. Given his previous convictions for assault (see here and here) it is surprising that he wasn’t jailed.

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  • Reynardine

    Peace, man!

  • Reynardine

    There’s an urban legend that John Wilkes Booth cut his own peter off. If he did, it was after manufacturing Ogarita Booth Henderson. Likely that never happened, but doubtless Spencer, Geller,et all, will put this (fictitious) event down to a religiously-inspired attempt at self-circumcision.

  • Reynardine

    Na. If you’re stoned, you just sit around, point at the moon, and say, “Far out, man!” These guys are doing something more stimulating.

  • Talking_fish_head

    I would have to with the latter

  • Talking_fish_head

    Didn’t you know, both Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth were both secret muslims who Infiltrated the US to spread Sharia by killing presidents

  • Solid Snake

    Whoaaa! Sorry Im late, but what happened to LW, I miss the warm and welcoming orange.

  • Seeker

    That’s possible. Especially if the games had been halalified by those Mozlems ! You need to watch out for those.

  • Talking_fish_head

    may be it was video games that made them do it 🙂

  • moraka

    I assume that you are drunk while writing this, or are you really that retarded?

  • Reynardine

    Thought at first it said, “Stoked EDL member…” Reckon it should have.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Probably the same as every other normal person. Disgust.

  • sadie

    yes those are all terrorist. the first two anti-government, the LRA i have no idea what their motivation is, africa is a basketcase, the KKK are a white supremist organization and were anti-catholic but i think they are now accepting catholics? and ted was an anti-technonlogy nut. and no doubt mentally unstable.
    so what do you think of the news out of afghanistan yesterday about the 8 year-old girl?

  • Seeker

    “There are two sides to Anthony Forrester. He can be extremely vile and unacceptable, but then there is the Anthony Forrester who wants to change and wants to address issues from the past. ”
    Sounds exactly like that other pal of his – Tommy Robinson.

  • Seeker

    No no. Those were just poor deluded mentally unstable nice old white dudes.

  • Yausari

    Pamela, the lying snake. One of these days, like fate would have it, she’ll be forced to confess. She and the likes of her won’t get away with it.

  • Talking_fish_head

    Oh you mean like Anders Brevik, Timothy McVagh, The Lords Resistances Army, the KKK, Ted Kaczynski (AKA the Unabomber) the IRA?
    or are they not terrorist?

  • Talking_fish_head

    And they call themselves the “Defenders of England”,

    pathetic

  • rookie

    Sheila Musaji covered another deceptive story with Pamela Geller at it again:
    http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim-cannibaism-how-a-blood-libel-is-born-and-spread/0019650

  • mindy1

    Jeez, what an ass >:(

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