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A convicted racist who burned a Koran in front of city centre shoppers has been jailed for 70 days after a judge described the act as "theatrical bigotry".

Andrew Ryan, 32, stole a copy of the holy book from Carlisle Library and then set it on fire with a lighter as a crowd gathered to hear his protests in front of a monument.

Police arrested Ryan, of Summerhill, Carlisle, shortly after the lunchtime incident in English Street on January 19.


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