Man jailed for anti-Muslim hate video

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A man who posted a video online in which he spoke about blowing up mosques has been jailed for 20 months.

Paul Hepplestall, 39, from Liverpool, was arrested after the film in which he is seen to wear a plastic grenade was shared widely on social media.

The video recorded on his mobile phone also shows him holding a bladed weapon and making comments in the wake of terror attacks in Manchester and London about "cutting the ears off " Muslims.

Hepplestall, of Cornwallis Street, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to sending racially aggravated malicious communications.

On Thursday, he was also given a five-year restraining order in relation to deleting his internet history.

Following sentencing, Detective Constable Tom Patterson of Merseyside Police said: