Plans for Muslim-inspired school on hold

Plans to open a Muslim-inspired primary school in Halifax have been put on hold after allegations of links to religious extremism.

The Northern Lights Free School, is being investigated by the Government after a leaflet was sent out to parents by another local group which included extreme religious views. Tonight school officials have rejected claims of extremism. Jon Hill reports.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

"We take any allegations of extremism very seriously. We are investigating — and if these serious allegations are confirmed we will not hesitate to take appropriate action. We will not take this project further until these matters are resolved.

“The Department carries out due diligence checks on all Free School proposals to make sure that only sitable people are able to set up and run Free Schools.”