Radical Islam group banned under terror laws

A radical Islamic group which announced plans to march through Wootton Bassett will be banned under counter-terrorism laws, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said.

A radical Islamic group which announced plans to march through Wootton Bassett will be banned under counter-terrorism laws, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said.

Members of Islam4UK had planned the march through the Wiltshire town to honour Muslims killed in the Afghanistan conflict.

Relatives of Ipswich soldier Aaron McClure, 19, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007, had previously told of their disgust at the move.

The government had been considering outlawing the group, which is said to have extremist links.

Earlier this week, Gordon Brown said plans for the march were "disgusting".

Private MccLure's mother, Lorrain, of Marlow Road, told The Evening Star last week she would not sit back and watch extremists “tarnish the sacred road” her son and hundreds of others have travelled down on their journey home.

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She said: “Wootton Bassett has become a very special place for us families of the fallen, and the people there have shown their utmost respect by honouring them in the way they do.

“If they want to protest why don't they do it outside 10 Downing Street or Parliament? Why choose Wootton Bassett? Because they know it will cause outrage and distress to so many people.

“I can't sit back and watch anyone mock Aaron for proudly doing his job and sacrificing himself for it.”

The McClure family launched a Facebook campaign in opposition to the march which quickly attracted thousands of supporters.