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Facebook post about poppy graffiti on mosque is misleading

Facebook post about poppy graffiti on mosque is misleading

Facebook post about poppy graffiti on mosque is misleading24 June 2021What was claimed Two men were sent to prison for defacing a mosque with a poppy, while two others only received fines for burning poppies and defacing a memorial. A Facebook post claims that two men were sentenced to six months in prison for spray-painting a poppy on a mosque in Portsmouth, while two other men who defaced a war memorial and burned two large plastic poppies were only fined for their offences. However, while two men were sentenced to six months in prison after spray painting a poppy on a mosque, it wasn’t at Portsmouth’s Jami Mosque, as is seen in the post, and these men had committed other crimes. The Jami Mosque in Portsmouth, pictured in the Facebook post, was defaced with a painting of a poppy in 2010 after protests linked to the English Defence League. The Facebook post may have been referring to a different case, when two men were sentenced for defacing a mosque with pictures of poppies in Hartlepool in 2010.

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