Polish Britain First supporter gave Nazi salute before driving at a Muslim takeaway owner

Britian First supporter Marek Zakrocki

A Polish-born Britain First supporter gave a Nazi salute and shouted “white power” before driving at a curry Muslim takeaway owner in Harrow, a court has heard.

Marek Zakrocki, 48, threatened to “kill a Muslim” then launched his attack outside “Spicy Night” in Harrow, north-west London, on the anniversary of the Brexit vote.

He was heard to say: “I’m going to kill a Muslim. I’m doing it for Britain. This is how I’m going to help the country. You people cannot do anything.”

The Old Bailey heard that the Polish-born window fitter then used his white van as a weapon against Mr Kamal Ahmed outside Spicy Night in Alexandra Parade in Harrow.

He was driving at 5mph and was effectively trying to pin Mr Ahmed against the front of the restaurant window which smashed, the court heard.

Following his arrest by armed officers, police found a Nazi coin in Zakrocki’s pocket and a stash of Britain First flyers and newspapers at his home in Harrow.

Prosecutor Denis Barry said: “It’s plain that his conduct is very likely to have been motivated by his views about our diverse society.”

Mr Barry added Zakrocki had been “fixated” by Muslims and had made donations to Britain First in the past.

Mr Barry stated: “Because of the time that all this took place, the police took what had happened particularly seriously and there was a hard stop by armed police officers.”

He also told the court that Britain First, formed by members of the British Nationalist Party, was anti-Muslim and held views that were regarded by most people as “very extreme indeed.”

Judge Anthony Leonard QC remanded the defendant into custody to be sentenced on 12 January 2018.

He ordered a report but warned he was considering a jail sentence.

The far-right group Britain First recently hit the headlines after US President Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda videos originally posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First.

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