Man jailed after leaving pig's head at Cheltenham Mosque
A man has been jailed after a pig’s head was left at the Mosque in Cheltenham.
On November 13, 2010 a pig’s head was left tied to the gates of the Mosque in Cheltenham along with racist graffiti.
Simon Parkes, 45, of Crown Close, Bishop’s Cleeve, was charged with racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage and a public order offence on July 14, 2012.
On August 9 he pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates and today he has been sentenced to four months at Gloucester Crown Court.
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A spokesman from Cheltenham Mosque said: “This was a very shocking incident for the whole community Muslim and Non-Muslim alike. "We would like to re-iterate our thanks to the police, the council and the local neighbours for their tremendous support.
"The damage was dealt with very quickly in order for normality to be achieved and we have left the rest to the authorities and the justice system to deal with."
Cheltenham South Policing Inspector Tim Waterhouse said: “I hope this sentence sends out a clear message that this sort of appalling criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.
"Although this disturbing incident happened nearly two years ago a painstaking and difficult enquiry has led to today’s sentencing.
"The message is clear that we will not stop in our determination to target criminals and keep people and our communities safe from harm.”