Evesham woman arrested over Koran burning video - The Evesham Observer

Evesham woman arrested over Koran burning video

Evesham Editorial 7th Jun, 2017 Updated: 8th Jun, 2017   0

A WOMAN from Evesham is one of two people from Worcestershire arrested after a video was posted on Facebook which appeared to show a man burning a copy of the Koran.

The 30 second video, which was posted on the social media site on Tuesday, is being investigated by West Mercia Police as a hate crime.

A 45-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of posting videos or images likely to cause racial hatred.

A 45-year-old woman, from Evesham, has also been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

Supt Kevin Purcell said: “This was a concerning incident and we will be carrying out a thorough investigation. It is being investigated as a hate crime.

“We have been in contact with our local Muslim community via Coun Jabba Riaz, Deputy Mayor for Worcester, who as always acts as a critical friend in support of what we do.

“If anyone has any concerns about social media posts that potentially incite hate I would urge them not to share the posts but to report the incident to the police and social media company at the earliest opportunity,” he added.

Copies of the Koran are treated with high regard by Muslims and any move to desecrate or destroy the holy book is seen as an insult.

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