Teenager charged over Cambridge bacon hate crime

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A 19-year old Cambridge teenager has been charged by police for leaving strips of bacon on the windscreens of cars parked outside the city’s Omar Faruque Mosque.

The crime occurred on Thursday, June 8, to four cars outside the Kirkwood Road mosque, and is believed to have happened around 11 pm. The teenager was arrested on Friday, June 9, on the suspicion of committing a racially or religiously aggravated public order offence, Cambridge News reported.

He was taken into custody, but has now been released on bail and is expected to attend Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, July 11.

TELL MAMA, an organisation which seeks to tackle anti-Muslim hatred, said, “Clearly in the minds of perpetrators, they believe that pork products are an insult to Muslims.”

A Cambridge Stand Up to Racism spokesman also said, “We are offering our solidarity to the Muslim community. This offensive act in no way reflects the feelings of the vast majority of Cambridge residents who are proud of our diverse, multicultural city.” The organisation is planning to stage a rally today (June 10) in response to this incident.

Police have now increased patrols around local mosques following the crime.

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