Leicester tensions have been simmering for ‘months’ says city MP

Tensions in Leicester have been simmering for “months” according to an MP, as faith leaders urged “restraint” after the weekend’s trouble. The city has seen no repeat of

the scenes from Saturday and Sunday which led to 47 arrests, with Leicestershire Police saying on Tuesday there were “no reports of disorder” overnight. Some of those

detained after trouble in the city’s east were from Birmingham, according to the force, which also said 25 of its officers and a police dog were injured. Amos Noronha, 20,

of Illingworth Road, Leicester, was jailed for 10 months after admitting possession of an offensive weapon in connection with the trouble. There are reports of incitement to

hate being targeted at those of Muslim and Hindu faith, which is being shared on social media to cause fearClaudia Webbe MP Residents in Leicester, famed for its diversity,

have been shocked by images of groups of men, mainly masked or hooded and involving members of the Hindu and Muslim communities, in tense confrontations and stand-offs on the

city’s streets. Independent MP for Leicester East Claudia Webbe previously said some social media accounts appeared to be “preying on this unease” by “spreading

misinformation”. She wrote to Leicestershire Police’s temporary chief constable at the start of the month, and then again, before the weekend’s recent trouble, urging

vigilance, and passing on reports “of incitement to hate targeting at those of Muslim of Hindu faith”. Across the community there have been repeated calls for restraint

following the weekend, most recently from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which said “hatred of any kind has no place in our society”.