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Men avoid Qur’an-burning charges

Seven men accused of burning a Koran in a Gateshead pub car park and posting the video online will not be prosecuted.

Wendy Williams of the Crown Prosecution Service said the majority of people would find the inflammatory incident “repugnant”. But she added there is not enough evidence to create a realistic chance the men would be convicted of any offence. Mrs Williams said: “If any further evidence comes to light and is sent to us, we will look at it.”

Police arrested seven men on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after a video recording was posted on YouTube last September. It showed a group of young men in hooded tops or wearing scarves over their faces pouring petrol on a book and setting it alight. They cheered as the book bursts into flames during the incident.

Those involved later told police they did not intend to offend anyone and very few people saw what happened at the time.

The men may have been copying Terry Jones who threatened to burn the holy book on September 11. The Florida-based Pastor sparked an international outcry but did not go ahead with the provocative plan.

Prosecutors said police could not identify who recorded the video and posted it online and there was not enough evidence those involved were threatening anyone. They added that the men could not be charged with a religiously aggravated public order offence because they could not prove anyone was there who was distressed.

Press Association, 26 January 2011

Original post: Men avoid Qur’an-burning charges


  1. Hatred & stupidity can only breed more hatred & more stupidity.

    Now, in an attempt to skirt his UK visitation ban, Islamaphobic Terry Jones is sending his 29-year old son, Luke (who is also a pastor at their little Dove church in FL), who would also incite violence in the UK with his anti-Islamic speeches he’s planning to make. And they KNOW that either of these dupes’ appearance will incite violence!!

  2. I think those men or idiots who burned the Koran didn’t even bother to read the contents of the book ’cause they don’t even read the bible itself .They didn’t harm someone? what kind of role model are they to our younger generation.

  3. What is the difference between burning the Koran and the burning of the Bibles in Afghanistan simply because Muslims do not like Christians spreading their beliefs. Muslims spread their beliefs to the four corners of the earth and expect everyone to respect their traditions and holy book. Once again what is said by Muslims and what is done by Muslims or at their behest does not match.

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