Campaigning immigration group aiming for 1,000 members

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CAMPAIGNERS behind a Facebook immigration issues site for Spalding aim to “sign” 1,000 members before they attempt to hold another meeting.

Dean Everitt, who helped set up the site, said the group will meet at “a private place” so they cannot be disrupted by police.

Mr Everitt claimed members of Spalding Immigration Issues were asked to leave two Spalding town centre pubs on Saturday after Lincolnshire Police contacted each of the premises.

As reported in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press, Pied Calf manager Jean Rowe confirmed she had received a phone call from police and told group members they were welcome to stay and have a drink, but maintained they would only be asked to leave if any of her customers “overheard anything that was not politically correct”.

She said the group chose to leave.

Mr Everitt says the group is for people with genuine concerns about immigration issues like anti-social behaviour and street drinking.

He said: “This is nothing to do with the EDL, the BNP or any other racist group, this is an immigration issue. We are not targeting any specific race.”

Mr Everitt said the group has decided to wait until it has at least 1,000 members before it meets so it can prove it has “quite a body of support for what we are doing”.

He said: “We have got a couple of places lined up which are private places.”

Once it meets, it will elect a committee and decide what it wants to do, including the possibility of setting up meetings with the police and council.

By lunchtime yesterday the group had 432 members, including 242 who have been added this week.

Numbers have fluctuated since the Facebook site was set up last week.

One site contributor posted a message that read: “Some people are getting put off now by some of the comments by some of the members. I do know this for a fact.”

* More than 100 Spalding Guardian readers have so far commented on our website – www.spaldingtoday.co.uk – when we published the first story about the group.