A man who allegedly threatened to bomb Asian restaurants and carry out an "Oslo-style" attack has been arrested, according to a group which monitors the English Defence League.
Northumbria Police said a 29-year-old man from South Shields, South Tyneside, was held for questioning on Saturday on suspicion of assault and possessing racially inflammatory material.
According to the EDLNews website, the man posted on Facebook that he had "got a pipe bomb just 4 Ocean Road"
He has been bailed pending further inquiries.
The writer abused Muslims and then added: "GIVE ME A GUN AN AL DO YOU ALL OSLO STYLE".
The website claimed the man held by police was a member of the EDL.
– Chief Inspector Michael Barton, Northumbria Police
There is no place for any sort of racial incitement or use of social networking to place inappropriate comments and we take incidents such as this extremely seriously.
I'd like to reassure the public that a full investigation is taking place into this allegation.