The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been jailed as a result of a hate crime towards Muslims.

Former Swanley councillor Paul Golding, 36, and Jayda Fransen, 31, both from Penge, were charged with religiously-aggravated harassment.

The pair were arrested in May after an investigation into the distribution of leaflets and online videos posted during a trial in which three Muslim men and a teenager were jailed for rape.

Today at Folkestone Magistrates' Court, Judge Justin Baron found Fransen guilty of three charges and Golding guilty of one charge but dismissed three other charges.

The judge then sentenced Fransen to 36 weeks and Golding to 18 weeks in jail, saying the crimes were "deliberately planned against targeted victims."

"I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case (in Canterbury) for their own political ends", Judge Baron said.

"It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants."