A gay couple who were allegedly targeted on Twitter by BNP leader Nick Griffin after winning a landmark equality ruling said yesterday that they were shocked by his comments.
Police are now watching the home of Michael Black and John Morgan in Brampton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, after the MEP allegedly published their address on the social networking site and called for a demonstration to be held outside.
The alleged tweets, under the username @nickgriffinmep, followed Mr Black and his 59-year-old partner’s win against the owner of bed and breakfast accommodation who refused to let them stay in a double room because of her religious views.
One of the complained tweets read: “So Messrs Black & Morgan, at (their address). A British Justice team will come up to Huntington & give you a...bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple’s home is their castle. Say No to heterophobia!”
Yesterday, Mr Black, 64, an exams consultant and writer, told BBC Breakfast: “The public response to the incident, when it happened two and a half years ago, and again in the last 24 hours, has been overwhelmingly in support of our stand against discrimination so hopefully that will mean the vast majority of the people in the country will just see what an idiot Nick Griffin is and reject his views.”
Cambridgeshire Police said last night that they were investigating the incident and Dyfed-Powys Police, who cover the area where Mr Griffin lives, said they were liaising with the force.
The couple sought damages from Susanne Wilkinson after she refused them the room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire, in March 2010 despite them having made a reservation and paid a deposit. A court found Mr Black and Mr Morgan were discriminated against and awarded them each £1,800.