Jimmy Lamb, 24, was arrested earlier this month for appearing in public with the slogans, ‘White children matter’ and ‘Stop Muslim grooming gangs’ written on his skin.
After standing on the street in Newcastle and Gateshead he was arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred.
He is quoted in this report as saying:
I saw the stories in the papers about the grooming gang. I thought to myself, this is one race chasing another race because they think that race is inferior. It frustrated me no-one would describe these people as Muslim, only Asian.
I wanted to raise awareness that this is a serious issue and it is not going to go away. The racial and religious elements have not been addressed. The responses I got from people were all positive. I even got a few handshakes.
I haven’t been charged with anything but the police have told me they will be informing me via letter if they will be taking it any further.
To be honest, I hope it does go to court. If they prosecute me it will reflect badly on them.
Last week it was revealed that 17 men and one woman were convicted of trafficking, grooming and sex offences against vulnerable young girls after a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court.
Newcastle city centre councillor Dipu Ahad said:
People who focus on religion or culture do not really care about the victims. They are not out trying to help, or work out solutions to this problem.
A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said:
We can confirm on Thursday, August 10, a 24-year-old man was arrested in Jackson Street in Gateshead on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred by displaying written material.
This week, Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh, above, revealed that 105 cross-party MPs have written a letter to his paper calling for his sacking. He said:
My offence was to write about the attitude of predatory Muslim men towards white women – what I called ‘the Muslim Problem’.
I was instantly denounced for fomenting a Nazi-style ‘Final Solution’ comparable only with the Jewish Holocaust. It was a ludicrous, offensive and perverse distortion of the truth.
A letter calling for my dismissal signed by 105 cross-party MPs was led by Labour’s Naz Shah, the Bradford MP suspended last year for anti-Semitism.
Kavanagh quoted Trevor Phillips, former Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission as saying that grooming is being carried out by Muslims in the UK:
The columnist added:
What the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising. It is not Islamophobic to point this out.
My mistake, apparently, was to describe this as ‘the Muslim Problem’.
I can honestly say it never occurred to me that this could be interpreted as a play on ‘the Jewish Problem’ and I will happily apologise to anyone who is thus offended.
Perhaps this is because I have never believed there was a Jewish Problem. There certainly was a Nazi problem with the Jews. And there was the nightmare of ‘the Final Solution’.
But the Jews have never been a problem as far as I am aware.