Judge sentences Polish couple for attacking two Headscarved women

16 August 2012

Drunken polish immigrant Beata Jopek and her partner Maciej Matysniak assaulted two Muslim women on a train from Leeds to Sheffield. After verbal attack, the couple pulled at Miss Ibrahim’s hair and the scarf came off.

Judge has given Beata Jopek a three-month jail term suspended for 12 months and 120 hours of unpaid community work and Macieej Matysniak was given a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work.

Police dress up in burkhas ‘to improve community relations’

Two sergeants and a community support officer dressed in head-to-foot burkhas and other traditional clothing and went out shopping. Meanwhile a group of Muslim women were invited into police cells, a CCTV control room and shown other daily duties of a police officer.

The move was part of a police initiative dubbed “In Your Shoes” taking place in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. But it has attracted strong criticism from onlookers. Matthew Elliott, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “This is an absurd diversion from real policing. People want the police out catching criminals, not indulging in politically correct gimmicks.”

Sergeant Deb Leonard, who wore some of the clothing, described her experience in a South Yorkshire Police in-house magazine. “I have gained an appreciation and understanding of what Muslim females experience when they walk out in public in clothing appropriate to their beliefs. We are keen to gain a better understanding of issues which our communities face.”

Festival brings faiths closer together

Organisers of a festival celebrating Islam in Sheffield built bridges of understanding about their faith with discussions, theatre and poetry. The event at Mount Pleasant Park, Sharrow, gave people an insight into contemporary Muslim life with a chance to discuss spiritual issues, culture and religion. Talks included a focus on what Islam teaches about jihad, meaning _to struggle’ in Arabic and not _holy war’, and the faith’s stance on terrorism, with questions and answer sessions. For those interested how the religion is practised there was a chance earlier in the week to discover what the Friday prayer is about, what is preached and there was a chance to listen to a sermon at the newly-built Madina Masjid. Other issues discussed at the festival were around Islamic finance and an explanation about why Islam forbids interest, and what the alternatives are when dealing with money.