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In March, a five-year-old girl was taken from her mother’s care by police in east London and placed into foster care on an emergency basis. On Monday, claims that the child was a “white Christian” and had been left distressed after being placed with a Muslim family became the focus of a political and media storm. But as the week unfolded, and the newsprint dedicated to the dispute mounted, it became clear that the initial portrayal of the case was one-sided, if not inaccurate.

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Sukhi Rayat, of Fishponds Road, parked his BMW X1 in his yard and got out to have about a dozen armed officers with dogs suddenly rush in, push him against the wall of his house and put him in handcuffs. “I’d been sitting in my car for a minute because I was calling the company I lease it from,” Mr Rayat told the Comet in his living room this afternoon. “As soon as I stepped out, police came out of nowhere with the dogs and rifles and everything. It was like something you’d see on TV.”...

More than 100 British members of the parliament signed a letter Tuesday condemning an article in The Sun tabloid for using "Nazi-like terminology" regarding the U.K.'s Muslim community. In the end of the column, writer Trevor Kavanagh asked readers: "What do we do about The Muslim Problem," which resembled the Nazi references to the "The Jewish Problem" in 20th century. According to Kavanagh, Islam was the "one unspoken fear" that united the U.K. and Europe, but this fear was not articulated...

Modern slavery and human trafficking are more prevalent across Britain than previously thought as more international gangs realize they can make significant sums from it, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday. The NCA said there were 300 live police operations into forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, problems which it said affected every large town and city across the country. "We've been shocked by the extent of it," Will Kerr, the NCA's officer in charge of...

A convicted child rapist was controversially paid nearly £10,000 by police to spy on the network of men who were sexually abusing young women and girls in Newcastle, it can now be reported. The court was told that Northumbria police paid the man, referred to as XY, £9,680 over 21 months to find out about the times and whereabouts of parties where girls were being plied with drugs and alcohol.

The revelation has prompted criticism from child protection groups, with the NSPCC saying...

Refugee children could be permanently separated from their families unless the government includes family reunification in post-Brexit immigration law, the head of Unicef UK has warned. The global charity’s UK boss, Mike Penrose, urged the government to commit to including wider family reunification rights in new immigration laws for when the UK leaves the EU.

Refugees currently have the rights to be reunited with extended family members under the EU’s Dublin III regulation. However,...

The UK should double the amount of refugees it takes in under resettlement programmes, the United Nations has urged. A senior official at the UN's refugee agency said accepting around 10,000 refugees a year would be a "step change" for the UK.

Volker Turk, assistant commissioner at the UN High Commission for Refugees, said there was a need for countries around the world to "step up" to address the crisis. The Government has committed to take in 20,000 refugees by 2020 under a scheme...

A man has been sentenced for threatening to blow up an Islamic bookshop in London and “kill all the Muslims”. David Moffatt, 39, pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress at Willesden Magistrates’ Court. Police said they were called to the shop, in Cricklewood, on 23 May by staff who said a man had “threatened to blow the bookshop up and ‘kill the Muslims’.”

The suspect left the shop after making the threats but witnesses described him wearing...

A Muslim couple remained calm and composed in the face of a tirade of racist abuse which was caught on film at a supermarket in west London. As they went to pay for their shopping at the Aldi in Feltham, a woman at the opposite checkout began shouting and screaming at them – branding the wife’s niqab “disgusting”. The husband responded by asking if she thought “freedom of choice” was disgusting, telling her her attitude was "disgusting". She screamed back that he should “not allow [his] wife...

Reports of anti-Semitic incidents have hit record levels in the first six months of 2017, according to a Jewish charity. The Community Security Trust (CST) said 767 reports were made to them between January and June - a rise of 30% on the same period last year. A total of 80 incidents involved physical attacks - up from 45 in 2016. CST chief executive David Delew said: "The hatred and anger that lies behind it is spreading." The CST has been recording anti-Semitic incidents for more than 30...

Video has emerged showing the moments before a man died after being thrown to the ground by police officers in an east London shop. The man, named locally as 20-year-old Rashan Charles, died in the early hours of Saturday morning after being chased and apprehended in the Yours Locally 24-hour store in Dalston, Hackney.

CCTV footage from the store, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows the man entering the shop before a uniformed police officer runs in after him and...

The Bristol businessman who ‘bankrolled Brexit’ has sparked shock and outrage after he said there should be a ban on Muslims entering the UK, and that mosques in this country should be ‘levelled’. Arron Banks took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to discuss the UKIP leadership contest, and ended up being challenged on his controversial views on Islam. In a revealing exchange on social media, his own supporters acknowledged that his far-right views mirrored those of the National Front and the...

The government has been accused of routinely denying support to asylum seekers, leaving them homeless and unable to feed their families, following analysis of more than 300 recent cases. Research conducted by Refugee Action found that the Home Office was missing its own deadlines for finding emergency accommodation for homeless and destitute asylum seekers, and in some cases wrongly refusing those who make claims for emergency assistance. In one case, it took more than 10 months to make a...

Five fire engines tackled the blaze at about 23:43 BST on Sunday at the Nasfat Manchester Islamic Centre, in Droylsden Road, Manchester. Mosque spokesman Shamusideen Oladimeji said he believed it was arson. The building was the target of an arson attack three years ago. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) could not confirm if the fire was being treated as a hate crime.

Local Labour councillor John Flanagan said: "This has been a dreadful attack on a place of faith." "This is not just an...

A man threatened to assault a Muslim woman’s genitals with a beer bottle in an unprovoked hate crime last week. It occurred in the central Bristol area in the early evening of July 7. The Muslim woman, who wears the hijab, contacted Tell MAMA for support and wants her story told to raise awareness, and encourage other women to report.

As she was walking in the street, she noticed a man in a red chequered shirt, pointing a beer bottle at her, muttering statements. When the male...