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EDL race-hate probe man bailed by police

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A SOUTH Shields man arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred has been rebailed by police.

Shaun Reah, 39, was arrested by Northumbria Police earlier this year on behalf of their West Midlands colleagues.

Reah, who flashed a tattoo of an exploding mosque at an English Defence League (EDL) march in Birmingham in July, was due to answer bail this week.

He has been rebailed until February.

Reah was cited as one of the reasons that EDL leader Tommy Robinson quit the group.

Robinson set up the far-right group in 2009 with Kevin Carroll, but both announced their withdrawal in October.

Robinson said: “When some moron lifts up his top and he’s got the picture of a mosque saying “boom” and it’s all over the national newspapers it’s me.

“It’s when I pick up my kids from school the parents are looking at me, judging me on that.

“And that’s not what I’ve stood for and my decision to do this is to be true to what I stand for.

“And whilst I want to lead a revolution against Islamist ideology, I don’t want to lead a revolution against Muslims.

“I believe that the revolution needs to come from within the Islamic community and they need to stand up. And I believe this is a step forward not a step back.”

Robinson and Carroll announced their departure from the EDL through counter-extremism think tank Quilliam, saying they had decided to leave because they can no longer keep extremist elements at bay.

A statement issued through Quilliam, said: “I have been considering this move for a long time because I recognise that, though street demonstrations have brought us to this point, they are no longer productive.

“I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”

 
 
 

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