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No, Tesco did not refuse a British soldier service to avoid offending Muslims

The store doesn’t even exist.

IF YOU SPEND any amount of time on social media, you will see many, many forwarded pictures that make highly spurious claims.

Facebook charging, a baby grabbing a doctor’s hand from the womb and various celebrity deaths are particularly popular.

You may in recent weeks have seen this one:

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Obviously, people on social media thought this was an outrage and shared the picture accordingly. One version has 3,489 shares and another a massive 7,456.

The story seems quite unbelievable. Which it is.

Says Tesco spokesperson Rebecca Miller:

I have checked with a colleague and it’s a hoax, we don’t even have a store on Oak Street.

This is actually a picture of the Tesco in Stroud Green, London:

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The hoax appears to have originated on the Facebook page of a supporter of Britain First, a right-wing group that is the UK’s most liked political party on the social network.

They repeatedly share images that urge followers to support British troops.

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It has been taken off Facebook a number of times, but pops back up.

Read: Good news: Facebook is going to start removing fake news stories from your news feed

Read: The feminist who aborted her baby because it was a boy? It’s likely a hoax

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