Three arrested on suspicion of posting 'racist tweets'

Northumbria Police have arrested three men on suspicion of posting racist tweets ahead of a major demonstration by the English Defence League (EDL) in Newcastle today.

Two of the men are from Gateshead and one is from Stockton, a police statement said.

Read more about preparations for the EDL protest on the Tyne Tees website.

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Arrests over 'racist comments'

Police have arrested at least three men for making racist comments on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook following the attack on a British soldier near Woolwich Barracks. Faith leaders have called for calm and tolerance.