Friday 19 January 2018

Rally man held over 'mosque tattoo'

A man from South Tyneside photographed at an English Defence League rally with a tattoo on his ribs of a mosque being blown up has been arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred, police said.

Shaun Reah, 39, from South Shields, was held after a photo emerged of a man lifting his T-shirt at a demonstration in Birmingham on July 20 to show a black mosque with the word "Boom!".

He was arrested by Northumbria Police on behalf of colleagues at the West Midlands force, who said he has since been released on bail.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "A 39-year-old man was arrested in South Tyneside by Northumbria Police on behalf of West Midlands Police on Friday 26 July on suspicion of 'using words or behaviour, or displaying written material with intent to stir up racial hatred'.

"He has been released on police bail while inquiries continue."

Press Association

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