Suspect on bail after pig’s head nailed to Asian centre (Lead)

June 5th, 2008 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 5 (IANS) British police took a man into custody but later released him on bail after a pig’s head was nailed to the door of a former Methodist chapel in Cornwall set to be converted into a South Asian community centre. The suspected race attack happened at the weekend near Carnons Down in the town of Truro, about 450 km from London, police said Thursday.

A 41-year-old man was taken into custody and released on police bail until Sep 12, a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police force told IANS.

The police have condemned the attack as “appalling and disgusting”.

The pig’s head is the latest in a series of racist attacks at the Quenchwell Chapel, which has been daubed with graffiti, including the words “Leave Now” and Cornish nationalist slogans, over the past two weeks.

The owner of the centre, Muslim restaurateur Tipo Choudhury, said he was “saddened and shocked”, adding the centre would not be just about religion but would enable people to celebrate all faiths and cultures.

“I think they have misunderstood the intentions behind the centre,” he said, adding that it would not be a mosque. Rather, the community centre group was made up of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians.

He said plans for the community centre would continue.

Inspector Mark Richards of Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The graffiti is offensive not only to Asians, Asian religions, but also to Christians and Cornish nationalists whose name is taken in vain. It is totally out of order.”

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