Six charged with breach of the peace over antisemitic website

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Police: Six have been charged after an antisemitic website was discovered.

Six people have been arrested and charged after an antisemitic website was discovered.

The five adults and one 15-year-old from Glasgow and East Renfrewshire have been arrested and charged with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations.

Police at Giffnock began investigations following complaints from representatives of the local Jewish community about a social networking site entitled "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock".

This site had attracted a number of posts which were antisemitic and racist in nature.

On May 11 nearly 50 police officers searched seven addresses in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire.

A significant quantity of computer equipment was seized and five adults and one youth were arrested and charged.

Another man was detained and later released without charge pending further enquiries.

Chief Inspector Alan Murray, the area commander for East Renfrewshire, said: "This was a very complex and protracted enquiry that required assistance from many departments of Strathclyde Police and the support of the Procurator Fiscal at Paisley.

"I hope it clearly demonstrates that Strathclyde Police will not tolerate hate crimes of any kind.

"It should cause anyone who believes they can get away with this sort of behaviour to think again."

Kenny Donnelly, procurator fiscal at Paisley, said: "Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has a zero-tolerance approach to crimes motivated by bigotry and intolerance of any kind and works closely with Strathclyde Police to investigate allegations of this nature.

"There is no place in modern Scotland for such behaviour and we will do all in our power to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.

The Community Security Trust (CST), which exists to help protect the Jewish Community in the UK, said: "CST welcomes the arrests of suspects regarding alleged anti-Semitic statements.

"Glaswegian Jews should be reassured that local police take anti-Semitism seriously and that they are working with CST and the rest of the Jewish community in tackling it when it does arise.

"In addition, the spread of all types of hatred on social networking sites and similar media is a growing problem. So, it is hoped that this innovative investigation by Giffnock and Strathclyde Police, supported by the Procurator Fiscal, will provide a helpful precedent for all of society."

Those arrested have appeared in court and have been released pending a further appearance.

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