Sixth arrest over east London 'vigilante' harassment

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A sixth man has been arrested in connection with a video posted online that showed men shouting homophobic abuse in an east London street.

Police launched an investigation after a number of linked incidents during the weekend of 12 and 13 January.

Footage posted online showed a small group of people approaching and and harassing members of the public.

A 20-year-old man from east London was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and public order offences.

Following his arrest on Wednesday, he was bailed to a date in mid-March, pending further inquiries

Another five men arrested in connection with the investigation are on bail.

The arrests came after a video appeared online showing men shouting homophobic abuse at another man, telling him to "get out of here" as "it is a Muslim area".

In previous footage posted in the internet, a group of men announced themselves to passers-by as "vigilantes implementing Islam upon your own necks".

The video shows the men pouring alcoholic drinks down drains.

The East London Mosque condemned the incidents, saying: "These actions are utterly unacceptable and clearly designed to stoke tensions and sow discord.

"The actions of this tiny minority have no place in our faith nor on our streets."

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