Leeds man bailed over offensive social media postings

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Police in Leeds have released a 19-year-old man in connection with an offensive video posted on social media

Officers were contacted at 11am on Saturday by people raising concerns for the safety of the person who had posted the video following a number of online comments made in response to it.

Calls were also received complaining about the offensive nature of the video.

Police arrested the suspect from an address in the Beeston area a short time later on suspicion of a racially or religiously aggravated public order offence.

Superintendent Mabs Hussain, of Leeds District Police, said: “We appreciate and understand the distress this video has caused and I would like to reassure residents of both West Yorkshire and elsewhere that we are taking this matter extremely seriously and progressing this investigation as quickly as possible.

“Due to the nature of this offence, any decision to charge must be taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions. We are currently preparing an advice file which we will be submitting to the Crown Prosecution Service in due course. In the meantime the arrested man has been released on bail to an alternative location.

“We are aware of strong feelings expressed by a number of people in response to this video. We would again urge people to allow this investigation to run its course and remind members of the public that we will take robust action against anyone who acts outside of the law.”