Man arrested for racially aggravated public order offence and homophobic abuse in Liverpool city centre

A 50-year-old man was arrested during a march which took place in Liverpool city centre on Sunday, 4 February.

Liverpool Friends of Palestine Group were marching through the city centre, and as the procession reached the junction of Hanover Street and Church Street a man shouted offensive language at the protestors. There has been speculation on social media that the man, who comes from Orrell Park, was arrested for flying the Union Jack. This is incorrect.

As a result of the abusive language, he was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and homophobic abuse. He has been bailed pending further enquiries. 

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