'Clear evidence' of extremist views in Birmingham schools

A Government-ordered inquiry into the "Trojan horse" allegations in Birmingham found "clear evidence" that there are number of people, associated with each other and in positions of authority within schools who "espouse, endorse or fail to challenge extremist views".

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'Trojan Horse' teachers 'thought Lee Rigby death a hoax'

Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists in May 2013. Credit: Reuters

Teachers at schools involved in the 'Trojan Horse' investigation allegedly claimed the murder of Lee Rigby was "some kind of staged event or hoax", according to a government report.

The report's author, retired counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke, analysed the contents of a social media discussion between teachers at Park View School who called themselves 'The Park View Brotherhood'.

The teachers allegedly joked about Lee Rigby's death on the WhatsApp messaging service. Credit: Daniel Reinhardt/DPA/Press Association Images

Clarke's report says the group of teachers exchanged "highly offensive comments about British service personnel" on the WhatsApp messaging service.

He also described the general contents of the teachers' discussions as "grossly intolerant of beliefs and practices other than their own".

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