In April 2010 21-year-old,Ã‚Â Tohseef Shah was convicted of criminal damage when he desecrated a war memorial in Burton-upon-Trent. He painted, in letters 1 foot high, the words “Islam will dominate the worldÃ‚Â -Ã‚Â OsamaÃ‚Â is on his way” in spray paint. He was arrested after his DNA was found on the discarded spray can.
He walked away from court with a two-year conditional discharge and an order to pay Ã‚Â£500 compensation to the local council towards the cost of cleaning hisÃ‚Â graffitiÃ‚Â off the war memorial.
In November 2010Ã‚Â Emdadur Choudhury, aged 26, an unemployed man on Ã‚Â£800-a-month benefits, burned a huge poppy during the two-minutes’ silence at an Armistice Parade in London. He and his supporters attended the parade with banners saying “British Soldiers Burn in Hell”. They shouted the same thing during the two-minute silence.
Choudhury is quoted as saying: “I couldn’t care less. I don’t care about soldiers that died.” He was convicted ofÃ‚Â threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour. After the case he is quoted as saying: “I don’t take any acceptance of the law of this country. I wear it proudly as a badge that I did something for the sake of Allah.”
He was given the lightest possible fine of Ã‚Â£50 saying: “It’s only Ã‚Â£10 more than a parking ticket.“Ã‚Â He further stated that he wouldn’t be paying the fine, others would pay it for him.
As a result ofÃ‚Â seeingÃ‚Â footageÃ‚Â of the case on TV,Ã‚Â Anthony Smith, 24, and Steven Vasey, 32 entered theÃ‚Â premisesÃ‚Â of a mosque in Hartlepool and painted a cross on the door and a large poppy on the wall.
They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to comit racially-aggravated criminal damage.
They were both jailed this week for 12 months.