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.