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A group representing the ethnic mix in Carlisle has condemned the burning of the Koran in the city centre as an abhorrent act. (c) CN Group A police officer next to the burning book. Submitted photo. But the group also says that it was an isolated incident which does not reflect the typical attitude of people living in the city. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of using racially aggravated words and behaviour. They were bailed until February 8 and March 3
A former soldier has been sentenced to 70 days in prison for setting fire to a copy of Muslim holy book the Koran in the centre of Carlisle. Andrew Ryan had previously admitted religiously aggravated harassment and theft of a Koran from a library. The 32-year-old, of Summerhill, said he had been "shocked" watching a Muslim burning a poppy on Remembrance Day.
While being handcuffed he shouted: "What about my country? What about burning poppies?"