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Man arrested in Carlisle after burning Qur’an

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Man held in Koran burning inquiry

A man has been arrested after a Koran was allegedly burned during an anti-Islamic rant, police have said.

He was reported to have stood on a street in Carlisle city centre on Wednesday making pronouncements against the Muslim religion in front of a large crowd.

The man is then alleged to have set fire to the Koran he was holding before discarding it on the floor and hurrying away. Officers arrived at the scene a short time later and are now investigating.

A spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary confirmed that a 32-year-old man has been arrested.

He added: “Just after midday on Wednesday, police received reports that a Koran was being burned by a man in Carlisle city centre.

Police have seized the remains of the book and a 32-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of using racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour. The man remains in police custody where he is helping officers with their inquiries.”

The incident came as controversial American preacher Pastor Terry Jones said he was disappointed to be barred from the United Kingdom, calling his exclusion from the country “unfair”.

The preacher sparked outrage when he announced plans by his Florida-based church to burn copies of the Koran to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.

Pastor Jones had accepted an invitation to speak to a group called England Is Ours next month.

Speaking after the Home Office announced it would not allow him to enter the UK, he insisted he was not against Muslims or Islam, only the “radical element of Islam”.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The Government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded Pastor Terry Jones from the UK. Coming to the UK is a privilege, not a right, and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good.”

Original post: Man arrested in Carlisle after burning Qur’an


  1. Carlisle …. where? What state?

  2. I agree, and appreciate, that they are holding firm on not allowing Pastor Jones into the UK. It’s time that we REALLY started to be equal with ALL groups…..for too long, we’ve allowed double standards and it’s time for it to stop so that this entire world can be one of TRUE equality!!!

  3. There will be more of this trashy behavior, and I’m interested in seeing how the legal definitions fall out when they become formally challenged in court. In the English language, race is one thing, nationality a second, and religion a third. The attorneys better hurry.

    This man is charged with racially aggravated threats virtue of having set fire to a religious book and using anti-Islamic slurs (with intent to intimidate or just vent his miserable spleen.) Question is, how will they charge the perpetrators of an assault on a U.S.- born citizen of Germanic parentage who happens to be a Muslim?

    Serious question – how will the defense attorneys twist this?

  4. Its only a book so I fail to see his crime.

  5. Kristin…lot to love you but Carlisle is a lovely English City in the UK with a proud history of being multicultural from the Romans onwards. We are proud of having absorbed people and cultures from all round the globe and benefiting from them. this sad little man with his uneducated rant of ignorant piffle and then his attempt insult Islam with is pathetic little exhibition…before running away can and never will alter our ability to be enriched by all the cultures that are brought into our community…he talks of what he knows not and attempts to burn something that is written within the heart of mankind…namely the Truth.

    And Kristin before you ask which state Scotland is in let me assure you that we are also at present part of the UK…Google us to find our bearings.

    British jurisprudence will deal with this man in a proper way and get him the treatment he clearly needs. This kind of behaviour has been against our laws in both England and Scotland for some years now. Our judges and Lawyers have no difficulty over defining their terms…Racially aggravated crime cover religious threats as well as one about culture.

  6. You islamic-minions amaze me. While Pastor Jones may be a slimeball pig (sorry if I offended anyone with the pig reference) he has not committed a crime. You are slowly but surely chewing away at our freedoms in this country. I don’t believe in burning any book unless it is of course a Windows Vista resource manual. However, see US constitution on the freedom of speech.

    May the United States never go through what Europe is going through now. Visiting the United Kingdom has been gladly removed from my bucket list.

  7. This is a case of theatrical bigotry. The defendant, Andrew Ryan, 32, had six public order convictions between 2002 and 2010 including racial chanting at a football match and assault with intent to resist arrest. Ryan has a history of violence and disorderly conduct. Unemployed Ryan was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the theft of the library book. Ever wonder why Muslims don’t burn the Bibles and the Torahs? Why expect people to tolerate hate crime? For more and other analysis google spsyed and visit

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