Department store Selfridges has courted controversy again after giving leader of the English defence League Tommy Robinson a free steak to apologise after a member of staff refused to serve them. The menswear employee was temporarily suspended for violating company policy after refusing to serve Robinson’s friend. Robinson, a convicted criminal who leads anti-Islam protests across the country, was in the Oxford Street store with his friend who was looking to purchase a pair of jeans.
Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, filmed himself challenging the shop assistant who reportedly refused to help Robinson’s friend, saying “f**k off, I am not serving you” after asking if he was with the EDL leader. Robinson said he assumed the shop assistant was a Muslim as he “had Mo on his name tag”.
A spokesman said anyone was welcome to shop in the store “regardless of political opinion”. To apologise, Selfridges gave Robinson and his friend a three course meal at the store’s in-house Hix Restaurant, Champagne and Caviar Bar, which included a prawn cocktail starter, steak and chips, finished off by chocolate cake and ice cream.
Robinson has insisted his friend is not associated with the far-right group.
The decision to give Robinson and his friend a free meal was met with wide spread criticism on Twitter, with many threatening to boycott the store.
An agreement was drawn up which will see Pendle Council compulsory purchase land for the Jamia Sultania Mosque, Brierfield, Lancashire. The construction of the _2.5m. mosque, in Oxford Street, ground to a halt when the trustees were unable to buy a small section of land needed. The trustees own 95 percent of a parcel of land adjacent to Oxford Street, and have already secured planning permission and funds to build the mosque. However, the project cannot continue without acquiring the site of the former house. The house was demolished by the council before 1974 due to its state of disrepair. The present owner of the leasehold is unknown. Since 2005, the trustees have been in contact with the freehold owners whose asking price for the land has been around _50,000 when the land is only said to be worth _5,000. Unwilling to pay the owner’s price, the trustees asked Pendle Council to make a compulsory purchase order on the land to take control of the plot and sell it to the mosque trustees. The request was approved by the council’s Brierfield and Reedley Committee, and given the final nod by members of the council’s Executive. Cllr Tonia Barton said: “It’s hardly surprising this man has seen a chance to make a profit, but it is unreasonable to hold up this major development.”http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=9CC40E37CC587FE4EF4451C4&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News
A man today admitted soliciting murder in connection with an alleged plot to organise terrorist training camps across the UK. Atilla Ahmet, 42, from south-east London, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to three counts of encouraging others to commit murder. Five men linked to Ahmet went on trial today at Woolwich crown court for a number of terrorist offences. One of the men, Mohammed Hamid, is accused of organising camps attended by the July 21 bombers, the court heard. The prosecution claim Mr Hamid was involved in the radicalisation of Muslim youths for two years from 2004. David Farrell, prosecuting, said Mr Hamid was arrested at a stall in Oxford Street, central London, in October 2004.