The anti-Islam PVV has run into more trouble with its local election plans – this time after its campaign leader in Utrecht said he would rather the city's mosques burned down.

Henk van Deun, who worked for the police for nine years, has come under fire after a local radio interview with other candidates. When one suggested he would like people to be as proud of the city's ULU mosque as they are of the Dom tower, Van Deun said: 'We would rather it burned down, so to speak'.

Asked by the interviewer if he would like to take back his words, the former detective said: 'We are against all mosques and think they should all close.'

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