A one-of-a-kind group have set up shop in Bradford, quite literally, as they aim to tackle racist and fascist views which threaten to disrupt the city’s diverse communities.
The Anti-Britain First group officially launched their site on Harrington Terrace, Lidget Green, last month in response to a rise in anti-Islamic hate crimes.
The Britain First group, led by Paul Golding, made national headlines in May after marching into Bradford’s mosques, handing over Christian bibles, fascist leaflets and disregarding religious practice, such as taking their shoes off upon entering the places of worship.
Bradford’s newest group, setup to challenge such behaviours, is hoping to help unite the city under one banner who are proud to call themselves ‘Bradfordians’.
Faizal Khan, 27, is the leader of the group which has quickly gained a large following on social media and from local residents.
The father-of-three says the site will allow people to visit and talk about religious and cultural differences whilst also acting as a fundraising shop.
“We are here to get rid of all the fascist views, all the racist views and just help people learn how to get on with each other,” he said. “The Britain First group do not stand for anything that is true.
“They attack Islam and Muslims to gather a following from some uneducated people and then, because they feel they have almost recruited as many members from that side as they can, they turn their focus elsewhere like against the Royals.
“We are not here to cause any sort of trouble. We are just here to help Britain rid itself of these ideas and unite as one.”
The shop also sells clothes and other quality goods which have been donated from local residents, with the funds then used to tackle racism once again.
Mr Khan explained: “What we want to do is get as much stock donated as possible and sold to the public so we can start raising funds for our fight against racism.
“I want to post leaflets to every single house in the country, no matter where they are, tackling racist views and spreading the true message of peace.”
The store is open, Monday to Sunday, between 1pm and 5pm. If you would like to learn more about the group, you can visit their Facebook page at Anti-Britain First.