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English Defence League members on mosque attack charges

Three members of the English Defence League have appeared in court charged with racially-motivated vandalism, including spray-painting a mosque.

The charges relate to a graffiti attack at the Nasir Mosque in Hartlepool.

Anthony Smith, 24, and Steven Vasey, 31, both of County Durham, and Charlotte Davies, 19, of Bucks, appeared before Peterlee magistrates.

The case has been committed to Durham Crown Court and all three were granted unconditional bail.

The defendants, who have not yet entered pleas, are also accused of carrying out vandal attacks on the Albert Guest House and the Milko store, both in Shotton Colliery.

Mr Smith, from Peterlee, Mr Vasey, of High Pittington, and Ms Davies, from Aylesbury, are accused of the vandalism on 16 November last year.

A Durham Police spokesman said: "At the time of the alleged offences, all three people claimed membership of the English Defence League."

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