Man threatened to kill Muslims after Paris attack

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A council roads worker called 999 and threatened to kill “all the Muslims in the country” after reading about the French terror attacks.

Vincent Hannah claimed he was a member of the far-right National Front group during the early-morning call.

Hannah made the alcohol-fuelled phonecall to the emergency control room at Bilston at 5.30am on January 17. He admitted making grossly offensive phone calls by uttering threats and using racially offensive language at Edinburgh Sheriff Court this week.

His lawyer said he was “ashamed” of the comments and had been on medication at the time of the incident.

The court heard that Hannah, 51, launched the aggressive outburst after watching and reading coverage of January’s Paris terrorist incidents.

Fiscal depute Mark Keane said Hannah phoned 999 and shouted: “Muslims that’s killed Muslims and will only kill Muslims.”

When the call operator asked if he needed help, Hannah said: “Get all those Muslims out this country, they have killed our people.”

The operator again asked Hannah if he needed police, but he replied: “No, I dinnae, this is the National Front here by the way.

“The police don’t give a f*** about this country, and you dinnae, because all the Muslims in the country, I’m going to kill them.”

Police traced Hannah’s address in Gowkshill, Gorebridge, from the phone number he had called from and arrested him that evening.

Mr Keane said: “He [told police] he regretted it, it was very stupid and that he had been drunk at the time.”

Defence agent Neil Martin told the court that Hannah got upset after reading about the three-day terror attacks by 
Islamic extremists in France.

Seventeen victims died in the attacks, which included a massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Mr Martin said: “To say he’s ashamed of what he did would be something of an understatement. He has been left utterly mortified by his conduct. These are not views that he holds, he doesn’t know why he made these comments.”

He said Hannah, a full-time road sweeper at Midlothian Council, had been drinking and was on medication which he should not have taken with alcohol.

Sheriff Gail Patrick fined Hannah £400, and said: “The emergency services are far too busy to cope with people like you. But I’m encouraged that you don’t hold these views, because terrorists are one thing and Muslims are quite another.”