|The Daily Mail reports on the arrest of a suspected English Defence League member who allegedly made threats on Facebook to carry out an ‘Oslo-style’ attack and bomb Asian restaurants in the South Shields area of Tyneside.|
From the Daily Mail:
“A man who allegedly threatened to bomb Asian restaurants and carry out an 'Oslo-style' attack has been arrested, according to a group which monitors the English Defence League.
“Northumbria Police said a 29-year-old man from South Shields, South Tyneside, named locally as Kenny Holden, was held for questioning on Saturday on suspicion of assault and possessing racially inflammatory material.
“He has been bailed pending further inquiries, a force spokesman said.
“According to the EDLNews website, which claims to 'reveal the truth about the English Defence League', a man posted on Facebook that he had 'got a pipe bomb just 4 Ocean Road' - an area of South Shields known for its curry houses.
“The writer abused Muslims and then added: 'GIVE ME A GUN AN AL DO YOU ALL OSLO STYLE'.
“The website claimed the man held by police was a member of the EDL.
“Holden - who is believed to be a member of the EDL’s South Shields division - was arrested on suspicion of assault and possessing racially inflammatory material on Saturday before he was bailed pending further inquiries.
“A police spokesman said the arrest for assault relates to a domestic incident and is unrelated to the alleged racial offence.
“Chief Inspector Michael Barton, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: 'There is no place for any sort of racial incitement or use of social networking to place inappropriate comments and we take incidents such as this extremely seriously.
“'Extensive inquiries have been carried out and there is no apparent threat to the general public.'”
Just last week, five suspected EDL supporters were arrested on allegations of stirring up racial hatred after inflammatory and offensive comments were posted on Facebook. Islamophobia Watch notes the worrying development of comments supportive of Anders Breivik which have been posted on the EDL’s Facebook page.
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