No charges after internet race-hate investigation

No further action will be taken against five men arrested on suspicion of publishing material to incite racial hatred, police have confirmed.

They were held during raids in April in Tyneside, County Durham, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and north London by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Computers and phones were seized after reports of racist comments posted on the internet.

The arrested men, aged between 18 and 46, will not face any charges.

'Thorough investigation'

The men are a 46-year-old from County Durham, a 43-year-old from North Tyneside, an 18-year-old from Birkenhead, a 21-year-old from Barnsley and a 56-year-old from Holloway.

A spokeswoman for the North East Terrorism Unit said: "Officers carried out a full and thorough investigation into posts made on social networking sites.

"Five men were arrested on suspicion of publishing or distributing written material which may stir up racial hatred.

"Following liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service, it was decided that no further action should be taken."

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