A video showing a semi-naked man wearing a burka while doing an ice bucket challenge outside a mosque is being investigated by police.
The clip shows the man, clutching a packet of bacon, with sausages dangling between his legs, being drenched in water outside the Zakariyya Mosque in Peace Street, Daubhill. The man, wearing only his underwear, socks and shoes and a makeshift burka, makes several offensive remarks about Islam.
Another man with him can be heard telling him to hurry up, to which the man responds that he is not scared.
The video – seen by The Bolton News – was uploaded to YouTube and Facebook but was later removed. It is believed a number of people reported the incident to police, who are now investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Police say the video was filmed some time between midnight on August 24 and 5pm on August 25, and are urging anyone who recognises the people in the film to come forward.
PC Mel Jackson said: “We are aware of a video. The content is offensive and has caused distress in the local community – a hate incident has been recorded and is being investigated. If anyone knows the identity of any of those in the video we would urge them to contact us.”
A clip of the video – which was named the Ice Mosque Challenge – was also posted on the Stop The Astley Bridge Mosque Facebook page, although it has since been removed.
In the video, the man nominates Muslim social and political activist Anjem Choudary, muppet Miss Piggy and Bolton boxer Amir Khan before being soaked.
The Bolton Ice Mosque Challenge video was uploaded to YouTube and Facebook by one Andy Stockton, whose name appeared in 2011 on a leaked list of English Defence League supporters. He is also a supporter of the Stop the Astley Bridge Mosque Bolton campaign, having posted on their Facebook page expressing his hatred of “muzzrats” and calling for civil war. It shouldn’t be beyond the capacity of Greater Manchester Police to identify and arrest this individual.