Police in Manchester have been told not to arrest Muslims wanted on warrants at prayer times during Ramadan.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed it had asked detectives not to make planned arrests during those periods for reasons of religious sensitivity.
The advice was emailed out to officers working in Moss Side, Hulme, Whalley Range, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Ardwick, Longsight, Gorton and Levenshulme.
Police said it was not a blanket ban, just a "request for sensitivity".
The email stressed the order did not apply to on-the-spot arrests, only the execution of arrest warrants.
"The primary objective of Greater Manchester Police is to fight crime and protect people"
The holy month of Ramadan began on 22 September and is due to end with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr next week.
The internal email was sent to staff listing the prayer times, but confusion arose and a second memo was sent clarifying it was not a total ban on arresting Muslims at these times.
UPDATE - This chap seems to have the right idea :
Mr Shafiq said: "Greater Manchester Police have a history of policing the Muslim community with great sensitivity and understanding. That this idea was even thought of is shocking.
"I don't know where they get these ideas from and I'm glad an officer was clearly angry enough to leak the memo.
"Police shouldn't hesitate to arrest any Muslims they had planned to during Ramadan. We must all be equal under the law.
"If people think Muslims are immune from the law, it will only stir up tensions within the community."
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