Cambridgeshire

Mosque ban follows Twitter abuse by Cambridge man

David Camp
Image caption David Camp threatened to burn down a mosque, police said

A man has been banned from going near mosques and other Islamic buildings after tweeting racist messages.

David Camp, of Thorpe Way, Cambridge, was given an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) at the city's magistrates' court after admitting posting online abuse, Cambridgeshire Police said.

The force added he also admitted three public order offences after threatening to burn down a mosque.

Sgt Matt Gadsby said Camp's behaviour had caused "considerable distress".

Police said they applied for the Asbo - which will last for two years - after the 35-year-old posted a "large number" of anti-Islamic messages during a two month period this year.

'Public safety'

They added the court gave him a 12-month supervision order and said he was banned from entering parts of Cambridge and Whitechapel Road in London, because of their proximity to Islamic centres.

Sgt Gadsby said: "We enjoy a rich and diverse mix of cultures and religions in Cambridge and David Camp has caused considerable distress through his behaviour, so we are pleased to have secured the order in full.

"This Asbo is fundamentally about promoting public safety and protecting the rights of the community, and will hopefully provide reassurance that we will not tolerate either racism or anti-social behaviour in any form."

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