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Ellesmere Port police appeal after pig's head found outside planned mosque

Detectives are investigating how a pig's head came to be placed outside a planned mosque in Ellesmere Port.

Police found it on 22 October after receiving a report of two men acting suspiciously on King Street, where the Islamic cultural centre will be built.

Two men, aged 33 and 41, have been arrested and bailed over the incident.

Ch Insp Giles Orton from Cheshire Police said officers were talking with local businesses about the source of the pig′s head.

"We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and will not tolerate hate crime within the community," he added.

Cheshire West and Chester Council approved the Islamic cultural centre's plans in September for the conversion and extension of the former employment centre.

The Chester Chronicle last month reported the decision attracted hostile responses from some residents, who complained about potential parking and noise problems.

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said a "Ban Ellesmere Port Mosque" group had existed on Facebook.

But she could not comment on the Chester Chronicle's report that the forum included images of pigs and other anti-Islamic messages, and had gathered nearly 600 'likes' before being taken down.

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