Thu, April 19, 2012
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Five men arrested in England on suspicion of racial hatred

2012-04-19 16:01:34 GMT2012-04-20 00:01:34(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LONDON, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Five men were arrested by English counter-terror detectives after they posted race-hate material online, local media reported on Thursday.

They are being held after raids by the North-East Counter Terrorism Unit in North Tyneside, County Durham, Merseyside, Barnsley and London.

"All five men have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Public Order Act, publishing or distributing written material which may stir up racial hatred," said a spokeswoman for the unit.

The men are members of the North West Infidels, a splinter group of the far-right English Defence League.

A spokeswoman said "They have been taken to local police stations for interviewing."

"Searches have now begun at the addresses, together with searches at an address in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, and Leeds, West Yorkshire," added the spokesman.

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