Bicester beauty salon: ‘We are banning Muslims’

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A woman has been arrested after saying she would ban “anyone from the Islamic faith” from her beauty salon.

The 43-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday under section 19 and the Public Order Act, which relates to the display of written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting with the intention of stirring up racial hatred, and for producing malicious communications.

This came after a post on Blinks Of Bicester’s Facebook page, which led to a number of complaints to the police.

The initial post read: “Blinks Of Bicester are no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith whether you are UK granted with a passport or not.”

It is believed that the post was put up following the terrorist attack in Paris, which saw 129 people killed. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

A follow-up post on the Blinks Of Bicester page added: “Sorry but time to put my country first.”

The posts now appear to have been removed from the company’s Facebook page, although numerous members of the public have posted their own reaction on the site. The company did not respond to phone calls from this newspaper.

Sgt Steve Dixon from Thames Valley Police said: “We treat all allegations of racial aggravation very seriously and will always take steps to investigate them.

“Anyone who has information about such offences should call the 24-hour police enquiry line on 101”.