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Three arrested in Leicester after pig's head found by Muslim prayer group

Leicester Mercury | Friday, 28 December 2012 | Click here for original article


A woman and two men have been arrested after a pig's head was found on the doorstep of a community centre used by Muslim worshippers.

The severed head was discovered at the Thurnby Lodge Community Centre on Boxing Day by members of As Salaam - a Muslim group which uses the building for religious purposes.

It was found at about 7.30am when worshippers arrived at the centre, in Thurncourt Road, to open up for prayers.

Police said they are treating the incident as being religiously motivated.

The gesture could be seen as an insult as Muslims are forbidden from eating pork and many consider pigs to be unclean animals.

Earlier today, police arrested a 40-year-old woman and two men aged 37 and 46 in connection with the investigation It follows a recent row over As Salaam's desire to use a nearby former Scout hut for prayers.

Residents claim the disused building should be used for a wider range of community activities.


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