Two arrested after pig’s head found dumped outside Islamic Cultural Centre

Police made find after seeing two men acting suspiciously outside venue in Ellesmere Port

The Islamic Cultural Centre in Ellesmere Port

Two men were arrested after a pig’s head was found dumped outside an Islamic Cultural Centre.

Police discovered the head of the animal after a tip-off from a member of the public reported seeing two men acting suspiciously outside the  Islamic Cultural Centre, King Street, Ellesmere Port last Wednesday.

A 41-year-old and 33-year-old man, who are both from Ellesmere Port, have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Detectives have confirmed they are now visiting local businesses to try and find out where the pig’s head came from.

Chief Inspector Giles Orton, who leads the Ellesmere Port and Neston Policing Team, said: “We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and will not tolerate hate crime within the community.

“As part of our ongoing investigation, our officers are conducting enquiries with local businesses to discover where the pig’s head might have come from.

“We are also appealing to anyone from the local community who may know how the pig’s head was obtained to please contact us.”

Last week police vowed to put an end to all racist incidents and hate crimes in Ellesmere Port following the latest attack on the centre, which is currently under construction after being granted planning permission by Cheshire West and Chester Council earlier this month amidst angry scenes.

The vow comes as a Facebook group containing racist content, including images of pigs and anti Islamic messages, was removed from the social media site.

The ‘community’ page, named ‘Ban Ellesmere Port Mosque’, was set up on September 12 by an unnamed individual, and says it aims to “stop Muslims taking over Ellesmere Port” and “keeping Britain British”.

The page, which had reached almost 600 likes mysteriously vanished last week.

This is not the first time the centre, which will be used as a place of worship and to hold religious festival, has been subject to hate attacks.

Last month a man was given a restraining order, forcing him to stay away from the former Ellesmere Port Unemployment and Culture Centre, after hanging racist bunting decorated with swastikas and KKK symbols outside the building.

Anyone who has any information is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

From The Liverpool Echo .  29.10.14.

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