Man convicted of posting Islamophobic stickers


A man who stuck up Islamophobic stickers and posters around Fulham has been convicted of trying to stir up religious and racial hatred.

Patrick Collier, 40, [21/04/1976], was caught on CCTV in December putting up the stickers which included phrases like "white race, stop the white genocide", "Ban Islam" and "Islam this is Europe" - on lampposts and notice boards around Lillie Road recreation ground.

He was later identified and arrested while walking his dog. Similar stickers were found on him during a search and more offensive posters discovered at his home.

He was given a 12 month community order, and a rehabilitation activity requirement order for 35 days, on Friday [13 January] at West London Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to the offence of intentionally causing racially and religiously aggravated harassment, alarm and distress, which took place between 17 October and 14 December last year.

CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Gerallt Evans said: "The posters clearly displayed a hatred for the religion of Islam and clearly crossed the threshold of the offence of distributing material to cause alarm, distress or harassment.

"It is wholly unacceptable for this kind of material to be posted around the streets of London. We will take strong action to stop people being targeted on the basis of their religion and ensure that all of the city's communities feel safe regardless of their race or faith."