Police are looking for a semi-naked man in a homemade burka who did an ice bucket challenge video while waving sausages and bacon outside Zakariyya Mosque in Daubhill.
Bolton News The clip shows the man, clutching a packet of bacon, with sausages dangling between his legs, being drenched in water outside the Zakariyya Mosque in Peace Street, Daubhill. The man, wearing only his underwear, socks and shoes and a makeshift burka — a traditional female Muslim headbag — makes several offensive remarks about Islam.
It is believed a number of people reported the incident to police, who are now investigating the incident as a hate crime. PC Mel Jackson said: “We are aware of a video. “The content is offensive and has caused distress in the local community – a hate incident has been recorded and is being investigated. “If anyone knows the identity of any of those in the video we would urge them to contact us.”
In the video, the man nominates Muslim social and political activist Anjem Choudhary, muppet Miss Piggy and Bolton boxer Amir Khan before being soaked.
Former Daubhill resident Annis Patel, who was among those who reported the video to police, said: “I was shocked when I saw this after a friend sent me the link. “For something like this to happen there in daylight and for these guys to film this in front of a mosque is unbelievable.”
The so-called ‘hate crime’ came just weeks after a large-scale protest from the North West Infidels to a proposed mosque development in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge. Police are also investigating after a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley was posted on the Stop The Astley Bridge Mosque page.