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Salon owner bailed after 'banning Muslims' via Facebook

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Facebook posts led to arrest
Facebook posts led to arrest

A 43-year-old woman arrested in connection with a "racially abusive" posting on a beauty salon's Facebook page has been released by police on bail.

Thames Valley Police detained the woman after the comments - made following the Paris terrorist attacks - said that people from the "Islamic faith" were no longer welcome at the Blinks of Bicester spa and beauty salon.

The Facebook postings read: "Blinks of Bicester are no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith whether you are UK granted with passport or not," and: "Sorry but time to put my country first."

Police arrested the woman from Bicester, Oxfordshire, after people contacted them to report the postings and also took to social media to complain about the comments.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "A 43-year-old woman from Bicester, who was arrested yesterday in connection with racially abusive comments posted on social media, has been bailed until 30 November.

"Thames Valley Police arrested the woman after members of the public reported the posts to the force by calling 101.

"She was arrested under section 19 of 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."