Man admits leaving pigs head outside community centre

A man has admitted leaving a pigs head outside a community centre in Leicester Credit: Google Maps

A 24-year-old man has admitted committing a religiously-motivated attack by leaving a frozen pig's head outside a Leicester community centre used by a Muslim group.

Liam Ferrar, from Leicester, admitted a charge of intent to cause members of the Muslim community harassment, alarm or distress at Leicester Magistrates' Court today.

Members of the Muslim group found the animal's head on Boxing Day morning.

Prosecutor Louise Cox said the members told police they had been "sickened and disgusted" by the incident and found it "extremely distressing".

The court heard a group called the Forgotten Estates, of which Ferrar was a member, had held protests outside the centre over the planned use of a nearby Scout hut by the Muslim group.

Mr Steve Morris, representing Ferrar, told the court his client was not a prominent member of the Forgotten Estates and he regularly acted as police liaison for the group.

Ferrar was arrested on December 28 and charged after tearfully admitting to police that he left the pig on the step.

He told police he had been drunk and it had been a 'spur of the moment decision' to leave the head on the community centre's steps after attending a party with friends, the court heard.

He was released on conditional bail and will be sentenced on February 18th.