Two Arrests Over KKK Hate Crime

Police have arrested two men as part of a probe into a hate crime involving a group of people dressed as the Ku Klux Klan.

It follows public outrage as images circulated on social media showing individuals dressed as members of the far-right group in Newtownards on 27 October.

Searches were carried out in the County Down town on Thursday and two men, aged 33 and 36, were detained.
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Items were also removed for examination.

"The 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of displaying written material to stir up hatred or arouse fear, and on suspicion of possession of a class C controlled drug," a PSNI spokesperson said.

"The 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of displaying written material to stir up hatred or around fear."

Both men have been released on bail, pending further enquiries.


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