UKIP admit three 'idiotic members' involved in bookshop 'ambush'
“The whole incident was utterly moronic and disgraceful. The party is now considering whether it will take action on the three UKIP members in the footage”
UKIP is considering action against three of its members after far-right activists stormed into a socialist bookshop over the weekend.
A UKIP spokesperson told JOE that three party members were in the crowd at Bookmarks and condemned their actions as "utterly idiotic".
UKIP Leader Gerard Batten commented: “The whole incident was utterly moronic and disgraceful. The party is now considering whether it will take action on the three UKIP members in the footage.”
The party leader has spoken to one of the activists involved, who was "extremely apologetic that they were involved in this incident which then got out of hand".
Shocking video footage shows a dozen people storming into Bookmarks, Britain’s largest socialist bookshop, chanting “We love Trump! We love Trump!” and accusing the two members of staff of being “paedophile lovers”.
Bookmarks employee Noel Halifax, 67, described his and his colleagues' fright after the agitators arrived at the shop around 18.35 on Saturday evening.
He told JOE: "There were only two of us in the shop, it was quite late in the day and they were about to close and they were shouting and bellowing – scaring off the few customers we had.
"They knocked over the displays and tore up magazines and newspapers. We asked them to leave and had to ring the bell [to get them to]– they were wearing caps and banners saying 'Make Britain Great Again'.
"This hasn’t happened to us since the 1970s when the shop was attacked by the National Front. They feel emboldened and able to do this sort of thing, I think the Alt-Right movement generally feel empowered to do it. What they were saying wasn’t logical."
A Met spokesman confirmed that police were called at "approximately 18:35hrs on Saturday, 4 August to reports of a protest inside a shop on Bloomsbury Street."
They added: “Police received a second call a short time later stating that the group had left the premises after causing some damage inside the shop. There were no injuries. An appointment has been made for officers to speak with the complainant. No arrests have been made.”
The protest was condemned by politicians including Rupa Huq MP (Lab) who called it "utterly despicable".
"Free speech and independent bookshops - under threat in an age where intolerance and Amazon flourish - should be cherished," she tweeted.
Watch the footage of the incident here: