#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 10°C Monday 23 May 2022

Woman arrested after saying Muslims were not welcome in her beauty salon

The woman said that she was ‘putting her country first’.

Image: Shutterstock/Pan Xunbin

A BUSINESS OWNER in the United Kingdom has been arrested after posting on Facebook that Muslims were not welcome at her beauty salon.

In a message, the 43-year-old woman posted that she would no longer be taking bookings from people of the “Islamic faith”.

Blinks of Bicester is located in Oxfordshire and specialises in eyelash treatments.

The messages prompted a fierce backlash on social media and police involvement.

In two separate messages posted as part of a thread, she posted:

Sorry but time to put my country first.
Blinks of Bicester are no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith whether you are UK granted with passport or not.

Since the comment was posted the business’ page has been taken down from Facebook. 

In a statement earlier this morning, the Thames Valley Police said that the woman was bailed earlier today until 30 November, at which time she will be required to attend her local police station.

At this point she has not been charged with any offence.

Speaking about the comments, Sgt Steve Dixon said: “Thames Valley Police treats all allegations of racial aggravation very seriously and will always take steps to investigate them.”

The comments on Facebook follow the tragic events in Paris over the weekend in which 129 people lost their lives.

Read: Paris terror attacks: Multi-city raids and manhunts as police close the net on suspects

Also: Isis ‘threatens to attack Washington’ in new video

Read next: