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Posters put up in an Essex town bearing the phrase “Islamists not welcome” are being treated as a hate crime, police have said. 

Put up in several Rayleigh streets, they also warned targets to “stay back or we will kick you back”.

They displayed a symbol used by the pan-European white nationalist group Generation Identity alongside silhouette images of a mounted crusader chasing a pair of armed figures – one of whom is wearing a burqa.

Initially officers did not consider...

The UK government approved arms sales totalling at least £11.4m in the weeks after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Export licences for military vehicles, combat aircraft, ammunition and electronic warfare equipment were issued despite international condemnation of the killing.

One £9.1m shipment of “patrol/assault craft” was waved through just three days after the prominent journalist disappeared while visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey on 2 October.

The exports...

judgement" over his tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby.

The tweet, which he later deleted but which has been circulated on social media, showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: "Royal Baby leaves hospital".

The BBC 5 Live presenter was accused of mocking the duchess's racial heritage.

Baker claimed it was a "stupid gag".

The 61-year-old presented a Saturday morning show on the network.

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The Metropolitan police have launched an investigation after a shot was fired outside a London mosque during prayers for Ramadan.

Police said there were no injuries. They believe the shot came from a blank-firing handgun, and significantly, they were not treating it as a terrorist incident.

Police believe the incident may have stemmed from an earlier incident in the street close to the mosque. 

The single shot was fired outside a mosque in Ilford in east London at 10....

A Cambridge University college has dismissed a researcher after uncovering evidence of his collaboration with far-right extremists, with the head of the college apologising “unreservedly” to students for the appointment.

St Edmund’s College announced it had terminated the post held by Noah Carl, who was at the centre of protests earlier this year after being named as the college’s Toby Jackman Newton Trust junior research fellow.

Carl’s appointment prompted complaints from...

Professional footballers in England and Wales are to boycott social media for 24 hours on Friday, to protest against the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.

It follows a number of high-profile incidents in domestic and international matches this season.

Earlier this week, Manchester United captain Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter.

And Watford captain Troy Deeney said "enough is enough".

"On Friday we are sending a message to...

A 16-year-old boy has received a police caution for an assault on a Syrian refugee filmed and shared online.

Footage showed the 15-year-old being dragged to the ground and having water poured into his face at a school in Huddersfield.

Prosecutors had decided there was insufficient evidence to bring charges of racially aggravated assault against his attacker, police said.

West Yorkshire Police said the victim's family had been informed.

In a statement, the force...

An Islamic academy has been attacked and vandalized for the second time in three months, head of the academy said on Tuesday.

The Bahr Academy in the city of Newcastle was attacked on Monday evening by six individuals, who broke into the school and area of worship, smashed the windows and desecrated the copies of the Quran, Imam Abdul Muhit told Anadolu Agency.

“One of the neighbors had called and told us that some people were inside the school and they were breaking stuff....

Anti-Muslim hate crimes have soared across the U.K. in the aftermath of the New Zealand terror attacks, a monitoring group found.

Tell Mama, an NGO that documents Islamophobic incidences in the U.K., reported Sunday that anti-Muslim hate crime increased by 593 percent in the U.K. in the week after the Christchurch shootings in which 50 Muslim worshippers were murdered by a right-wing terrorist.

“This shows that some people see Muslims as fair game for hate and it is now clear...

Pro-Palestine students at one of the UK's top universities have said they were denied university access over security concerns during a visit by the Queen on Tuesday.

Students at King's College London said they were barred from attending classes and sitting exams because of their political activity, a claim which appears to be supported by comments made by a senior university official, who said that students were blacklisted based on CCTV footage.

Coming one day into Israeli...

A group of Turkish entrepreneurs have lost a High Court case which they brought against the Home Office over a change to immigration rules last year.

The Alliance of Turkish Businesspeople had brought the judicial review challenge claiming the Home Office had acted unlawfully in imposing additional requirements on Turkish business people and their dependants if they wanted to obtain indefinite leave to remain.

However on Monday Justice James Dingemans dismissed the judicial...

A man was heard shouting far-right and Islamophobic abuse before allegedly stabbing a teenager in a car park, a neighbour has said.

The 19-year-old victim was rushed to hospital following the ‘racially aggravated’ attack in the village of Stanwell, close to Heathrow Airport. A 50-year-old suspect who screamed ‘kill all Muslims’ was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Counter-terrorism officers launched an investigation into the attack that appears to be ‘inspired by the far-...

A black passenger filmed a white man doing a monkey impression aimed at him on the London Underground’s Northern Line last week.

The man swung from seat to seat and approached the passenger, Mohammed Dirir, while other commuters looked on.

Dirir posted the video on Instagram with a comment that read: “Racism is still alive, to all my people of colour around the world stay strong!” The post has since been deleted.

British Transport Police were treating the incident as “...

Hundreds of thousands of homes were left vacant across England for over six months last year as levels of homelessness reached record levels in parts of the country.

The latest figures, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, showed that the number of empty number of empty houses is at its highest in six years, having increased by 5.3 per cent between 2017 to 2018.

In October 2012, the overall number of vacant dwellings stood at 254,059. This...

Tommy Robinson, the far-right founder of the English Defence League, has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly breaking the sites’ policies on hate speech, Facebook said.

The company said Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, broke rules that ban public calls for violence against people based on protected characteristics; rules that ban supporting or appearing with organised hate groups; and policies that prevent people from using the site to...