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Two jailed for tying bacon on door handles of Bristol mosque

Updated: Jul 29, 2016 16:26 IST

London, July 29 (ANI): Two men have been jailed and two women given suspended sentences by a court in Bristol city of United Kingdom in connection of tying rashers of bacon to door handles at a city mosque.

The incident took place on January 17, when the group shouted racial abuse at a member of the mosque and tied a St George's flag to the fence of the Jamia Mosque.

Kevin Crehan, 34, of Knowle, was jailed for 12 months and Mark Bennett, 48, of Patchway, for nine months, reports the Nation.

Both had admitted 'religiously aggravated public order' offences.

The Bristol Crown Court sentenced 46-year-old Alison Bennett, wife of Mark Bennett a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, while Angelina Swales, 31, from Brislington, was handed a four-month sentence and suspended for two years.

Both of them also admitted 'religiously aggravated public order' offences in relation to the targeting of the Totterdown mosque

Meanwhile, Inspector Nigel Colston of Avon and Somerset Police hailed the way the community responded to the incident.

"The way local people came together with overwhelming support for the mosque made me proud to be associated with Bristol," Colston said.

"There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated. All of our communities have the right to live and worship peacefully without fear of being targeted for their race or religion," he added.(ANI)

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