Beds on Sunday
Web blogger faces 'racial incitement' arrest
Police are threatening to arrest an internet 'web blogger' for incitement to racial hatred the minute he returns to Britain.
Paul Ray, who 'blogs' as 'Lionheart', left Britain for an undisclosed location in the Middle East two years ago.
He claims he was receiving death threats which made it impossible to stay in his home town of Luton.
Since leaving Britain, he has regularly updated his blog with news and opinions on subjects such as the heroin trade, Islamic fundamentalism and police corruption.
On January 3, Mr Ray received an email from Bedfordshire Police which he has since posted on his website.
From Hate Crime officer Ian Holden, it read: 'The offence that I need to arrest you for is 'Stir up Racial Hatred by displaying written material' contrary to sections 18(1) and 27(3) of the Public Order Act 1986.
'You will be arrested on SUSPICION of the offence. You would only be charged following a full investigation based on all the relevant facts and CPS consent.
'Paul I will see you on the 19/02/08 when I will tell you everything that you need to know.
'Due to being out of the office for six weeks I will not have access to my email as of tomorrow 04/01/08.'
A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said: "We are aware of this particular internet site and we are taking action."