‘Racial abuse’ hurled at mosque

A man has been arrested following reports that worshippers at a mosque on Tyneside were being racially abused.

Officers were called to the west end of Newcastle after it was reported that a man was shouting racial abuse at visitors to the building. A 38-year-old was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment and is currently in custody assisting police with their inquiries. An officer suffered minor injuries to his leg during the incident.

Anyone with any information or who witnessed the incident, which took place in the early hours of Thursday, is asked to contact police.

BBC News, 19 October 2006