EDL Fire Bombers Jailed
Cerrone & Juggins
Two far right extremists from the EDL have been jailed this week for petrol bombing a Gloucester mosque in a revenge attack following the brutal death of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Clive Ceronne, a 37-year-old security guard was jailed for four and a half years for the attack with his protege 20 year old Ashley Juggins, receiving a three and a half year jail term.
The two men drove to the Masjid-E-Noor mosque following evening prayers in June and waited until 12:50 am in Cerrone’s car.
Juggins poured out a can of petrol in the entranceway of the mosque and set it alight using a burning envelope.The pair then made their escape in the car as the blaze began to take hold.
Fortunately, a passing motorist managed to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher as local residents attempted in vain to fight the fire with buckets of water.
The quick thinking motorist has never been identified or traced by the police.
Jailing the men the judge told them ‘Lee Rigby was killed 27 days prior to this offence and although it has not been openly declared by either of your advocates as a reason for this attack I do not regard it as a co-incidence that it should follow so soon after his death.
‘Ninety-nine per cent of the population of this country, irrespective of their colour or creed, will have been horrified by the circumstances surrounding that tragic killing.
‘After his death there were a series of arson attacks on mosques across the country – Grimsby, Harlow, Haywards Heath, Luton. Those attacks were termed hate crimes and I have no doubt this offence was driven by hate.’
The judge told Cerrone “I have no doubt that you have an enduring hatred for followers of Islam and you are quite unwilling or unable to differentiate between the tiny minority who have extremist views and the vast majority of law abiding citizens who, for instance, worship at the Gloucester mosque.
‘In short, your views are or were equally extreme as the various persons you sought revenge against.
‘Such extremist views when they lead to activity of this kind destabilise the community, breed distress and very often destroy bridge building. This is precisely what extremists want.
‘In short, you played into their hands to provide propaganda to be used against the population at large.’
Apart from being a member of the EDL, Cerrone is also listed as being the Gloucester contact for The New British Union, the tinpot group setup by former Scottish BNP organiser Gary Raikes.
Ceronne, from Gloucester, and Juggins from Cheltenham, both pleaded guilty to arson being reckless whether life was endangered on June 18.
From Hope Not Hate. Report by Simon Cressy. 21.11.13