JEERS and whistles greeted the arrival of controversial BNP councillor Michael Simpkins at Corsham Town Hall this evening.

Arriving for a town council meeting at 7.30pm, Mr Simpkins, who was elected unopposed in the Box and Rudloe ward, spoke to a crowd of more than 250 anti-BNP protesters.

Despite using a loud hailer, Mr Simpkins was drowned out by the noise of protesters using drums, jeers and whistles.

But while tensions continued to run high, a major pollice presence prevented any violence from erupting.

Standing outside the town hall, he said that white English people had become "strangers in their own country".

He also defended his position on the town council saying he had been voted in by a process of democracy.

And he accused the crowd of BNP opponents of "just feeding lies, fears and intimidation".