Ellesmere Port mosque in Chester was subjected to a hateful attack by intoxicated perpetrator, Martin Peter Sallis. His controversial behaviour is said to be influenced and learnt through “school exercises” and “recent TV shows”. Meanwhile, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee approved plans for the mosque on September 3.
On August 8, Chester magistrate’s court issued a restraining order to stay away from the centre for a year. He is sentenced with 12 month supervision with drug rehabilitation and a three month curfew. In addition Sallis was ordered to pay court expenses of £85 – £145.
The 42 year-old, from Great Sutton, hung an England flag and children’s bunting on the scaffolding of the building which contained the drawn swastikas and KKK symbols.
Sallis continued vandalising the building with offensive and threatening messages such as “burn down the mosque with youse in it” which he later dismissed to be a “bit of a laugh” when he was drunk.
Prosecutor Anouska Youd recounted that one piece of the bunting contained the slogans “Abu Hamza burn in hell” and “burn in hell forever”. “There was also a swastika drawn on it with an SS added” she said and initials “APINF” and “KKK”.
The reasoning behind his racial crime was because he wanted to “fit in” with the ideologies of the local community whom he claims share unified Islamophoic ideals for the Islamic cultural centre located in King Street, Ellesmere Port.
Sallis, who is an alcoholic and former drug addict, is not new to disorderly conduct as he holds 15 previous convictions. However, he has pleaded guilty to racially or religious harassment. Stephen Ferns defendant of Sallis states “he is shocked by how bad what he had written has been” and that “he does not consider himself to have any deep rooted racial views”.