Fox News commentator apologises after claiming Birmingham is a 'totally Muslim city where non-Muslims don't go'

Steve Emerson made the comments while on Fox News. Credit: YouTube

A Fox News commentator has apologised after claiming that Birmingham is "a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims simply don't go in".

Steve Emerson - who is described as "one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks" on his website - made the comments while speaking about the recent Paris terror attacks.

He said: "And in Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in.

"There are parts of London there are actually Muslim and religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to traditional Muslim attire."

Emerson has since apologised, saying he made a "terrible error" with his comments about the "beautiful city of Birmingham".

He also promised to make a donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Emerson told ITV News:

A YouTube video of Emerson's remarks prompted a flurry of responses from bemused Twitter users.