Men Fined For Threatening To ‘torch’ And ‘Blow Up’ Mosque On Facebook

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By Jeremy Culley – TheBoltonNews.co.uk

An artist's impression of the new mosque planned in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge

An artist’s impression of the new mosque planned in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge

TWO men have been convicted of making Facebook threats to “torch” and “blow up” a proposed new mosque in Astley Bridge.

Police arrested both men for posting offensive messages on the Stop The Astley Bridge Facebook page, which has since been taken down.

Leon Richmond, aged 18, wrote on the page that he would not be bothered if the mosque was built as he would “blow it up” himself.

23-year-old Darren Hubble posted: “Bolton people say no, Wigan says not a chance, I’ll torch the place if I get half the chance”.

The posts related to the plan to build a large new mosque building in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge.

The plans, submitted by Taiyabah Islamic Centre, include a dome, minaret tower and 19 classrooms.

They have prompted protests by objectors in the lead-up to the planning meeting on July 3, and protestors shouted abuse at councillors as the proposals were approved.

Det Insp Charlotte Cadden said: “These messages were not only extremely offensive but made very serious threats to cause damage.

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