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The man from Croydon who confronted a Muslim woman in the street to explain the Brussels attack has been arrested.
On Wednesday morning, Matthew Doyle tweeted: “I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said ‘Nothing to do with me’. A mealy mouthed reply.”
What followed was a series of tweets mocking him (sample some below).
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “We have arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media.
“He was arrested tonight at an address in Croydon and remains in custody at a south London police station.”
Defending his comments, Doyle told the Huffington Post that the woman he confronted was wearing an Islamic headscarf.
He said: “She was wearing a flag. If I was walking down the street wearing a jacket emblazoned with a Union Jack then I would be open to some abuse.”
Here are tweets that mocked Doyle:
I confronted Croydon and asked it to explain @MatthewDoyle31. Nobody had heard of him. A mealy mouthed reply.
— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) March 23, 2016
I confronted a woman eating breakfast yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain porridge. She said “mlumabmnhnmm”. A mealy mouthed reply.
— Beaubodor (@beaubodor) March 23, 2016
I confronted Shaggy yesterday in Croydon. Asked him to explain creeping with the girl next door. He said “wasn’t me”. A mealy mouthed reply.
— Zan Phee (@zanPHEE) March 23, 2016