‘Give me a gun and I’ll do you Oslo-style’: What English Defence League supporter allegedly wrote about Asians on Facebook
A man who allegedly threatened to bomb Asian restaurants and carry out an ‘Oslo-style’ attack has been arrested, according to a group which monitors the English Defence League.
Northumbria Police said a 29-year-old man from South Shields, South Tyneside, named locally as Kenny Holden, was held for questioning on Saturday on suspicion of assault and possessing racially inflammatory material.
He has been bailed pending further inquiries, a force spokesman said.
According to the EDLNews website, which claims to ‘reveal the truth about the English Defence League’, a man posted on Facebook that he had ‘got a pipe bomb just 4 Ocean Road’ – an area of South Shields known for its curry houses.
The writer abused Muslims and then added: ‘GIVE ME A GUN AN AL DO YOU ALL OSLO STYLE’.
Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik is currently on trial for mass murder after killing 77 people last July.
His Oslo car bomb killed eight before he went on to massacre 69 more people on Utoya Island.
Holden – who is believed to be a member of the EDL’s South Shields division – was arrested on suspicion of assault and possessing racially inflammatory material on Saturday before he was bailed pending further inquiries.
A police spokesman said the arrest for assault relates to a domestic incident and is unrelated to the alleged racial offence.
Chief Inspector Michael Barton, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: ‘Extensive inquiries are being carried out.
‘There is no place for any sort of racial incitement or use of social networking to place inappropriate comments and we take incidents such as this extremely seriously.
‘I’d like to reassure the public that a full investigation is taking place into this allegation.’
The spokesman added: ‘Extensive inquiries have been carried out and there is no apparent threat to the general public.’
The arrest comes just days after an anti-terror operation was carried out over the posting of alleged racist postings online.
Officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit carried out synchronised raids at 7.45am on Thursday at houses in North Tyneside and County Durham.
They took 43-year-old Darren Yateley, of Backworth, North Tyneside, and
46-year-old Paul Duffy, from Elgin Avenue, Seaham, County Durham, to local police stations for questioning.
Yateley – along with all the others – has been released on police bail pending further inquires.
The suspects are being linked with a splinter group of the English Defence
League known as the North West Infidels.
Police searched each house and recovered a range of items including computers, laptops and mobile phones.