Thames Valley police have arrested a 43-year-old woman after a Facebook post said people from the "Islamic faith" were no longer welcome at a salon in Bicester.
The post said:
"Blinks of Bicester are no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith whether you are UK granted with passport or not" and added, "Sorry but time to put my country first."
A subsequent post on the page said: "I have been inundated with messages tonight as I said I would not book any muslin [sic] or Islamic client. I stand by that completely as a UK citizen. However those that want to call me racialist. Think on."
The poster went on to give out their address, and invited people to confront them in person: "let's see how many backtrack!!!"
The salon's page – which has now been taken down – was soon inundated with fake reviews.
Thames Valley police said in a statement:
We have arrested a 43-year-old woman in Bicester today after a number of complaints about a racially abusive post on social media.
The woman was arrested 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.
We take all such complaints seriously and will investigate.
If you suspect that racially aggravated crimes are being committed please report them to Thames Valley Police on 101.
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