Arrests over anti-Semitic remarks

The comments appeared on the social network site.
The comments appeared on the social network site.

ARRESTS have been made following the posting of anti-Semitic comments on a page on social networking site, Facebook.

Five men and and a 15-year-old youth were arrested after officers raided seven addresses across Glasgow and East Renfrewshire and charged with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations.

Another man was detained but released without charge pending further investigation.

Chief inspector Alan Murray, of Strathclyde Police, said: “This was a very complex and protracted inquiry. 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”.

West of Scotland MSP Stewart Maxwell was disgusted by the comments that were left on the website.

He told The Extra: “I welcome the action by Strathclyde Police which has led to six people being charged with breach of the peace and with religious and racial aggravations.

“Upon hearing of the anti-Semitic website in September, I wrote to chief constable Stephen House of Strathclyde Police to have this matter investigated.

“Following a complex investigation the police services acted efficiently in making arrests”.

Mr Maxwell went on to say that the comments left on the website were in no way indicative of the feelings of the vast majority of the community.

He concluded: “For this reason, I feel it is important that all parts of our society condemn such abuse as not being reflective of the values of Scotland and not welcome in our communities”.