Man and woman are arrested over Facebook video of Koran-burning

Rob Waugh

A man and a woman have been arrested by police over a ‘racist’ video which was posted on Facebook and Youtube – where a man burnt a copy of the Koran.

The tattooed man complains to camera that he is unable to start a fire – then begins tearing pages off a paperback Koran and throwing them on a bonfire.

He says, ‘I’ve been trying to get my poxy fire started for half-hour wondering what s**t I can get it going with.’

Then he holds up the Koran saying, ‘And then I found this.’

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‘And it worked, all I’ve got left is the poxy, sh***y cover and look, that’s on the fire as well.’

Police said that a 45-year-old man from Worcestershire was arrested on suspicion of posting videos or images likely to cause racial hatred, along with a 45-year-old woman from Evesham.

Superintendent 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 Councillor 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.’

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