Nick Ferrari slams West Yorkshire police over Quran School incident

1 March 2023, 10:02 | Updated: 1 March 2023, 12:21

Nick Ferrari slams West Yorkshire police over Quran School incident

By Alice Bourne

Nick Ferrari has criticised West Yorkshire Police after they are said to be investigating an incident at a Wakefield School where a Quran was dropped on the floor causing minor scuffing and marks to some pages.

Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC was in disbelief over police involvement in the Quran school incident saying he would understand "if the children were actually fighting or setting fire to a book". But he didn't understand the serve reaction to a book simply being dropped on the floor and experiencing very minor damage.

He said: "If I was running west Yorkshire police I would get the relevant copper in and I would say what the bloody hell are you doing."

This comes after the suspension of four pupils at Kettlethorpe High School in Wakefield after a Quran was damaged at school.

The head teacher Tudor Griffiths said the book remained intact and that there was "no malicious intent" from those involved. It is believed that while at the school the holy book sustained a minor tear to the cover and small marks of dirt on some pages.

Read More: Conservative MSP Rachael Hamilton says SNP is 'completely out of touch'

Imam shares frustration at 'slightly damaged' Quran being recorded as ‘hate incident’. 

Read More: Caller claims it's 'ridiculous' his neighbour Jeremy Clarkson has been denied planning permission

Nick Ferrari said the "School should deal with this itself because kids throw books at each other" all the time, citing "boys throw books at each other" and that the case is completely unworthy of police attention.

The caller told Ferrari, "the police are totally out of touch" on this matter.

The school is said to have been pressured into action by local Muslim community leaders and local councillors. As a result, they shared with the police all the information they have on the incident.

The headteacher added: "The action taken and the immediate steps we have taken are to reinforce the values and behaviour we expect from every member of this school community to ensure that all religions are respected."

Read More: 'Frightened, scared, vulnerable': Anger at 'meaningless' tougher sentences for people who attack emergency workers

Quran dropped in school
Police investigation Quran dropped in school as 'hate crime'. Picture: alamy

Read More: Desperate race to find missing baby: 200 officers join hunt for child of aristocrat as police quiz mum and partner

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police has said they are "liaising" with the school on the matter. They said: "Initial enquiries have confirmed minor damage was caused to the text and officers are continuing to work closely with the school."

Nick said although this is almost a "non-story", "don't blame The Times for reporting [it] because they show how inept West Yorkshire police have been."

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Laura Saunders, the Conservative candidate for Bristol North West

Tory candidate being investigated over alleged election date bet is 'married to Conservative Director of Campaigns'

Gambling probes into two Tory candidates are a 'betrayal of trust' in Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove has said.

Gove says election bets are ‘betrayal of Prime Minister’s trust’ as second Tory candidate investigated by regulator

Keir Starmer came out on top after LBC’s two exclusive phone-ins

Keir Starmer comes out on top after LBC phone-ins – as Rishi Sunak seen as ‘overwhelmingly negative’

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer during LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast

'We would seek a better agreement' Keir Starmer tells LBC where he thinks "botched" Brexit deal can be improved

Exclusive
Sir Keir Starmer speaks to LBC

‘No magic wand’ to recruit more teachers as Starmer insists removing ‘tax breaks’ for private schools is ‘tough choice’

Tom Weatherall is still searching for his treasured medals which went missing in France

Renewed plea for missing medals lost in France as RAF veteran gifted with set of replicas

'Economically Brexit's working': Nigel Farage says but claims it has 'not been properly implimented'

'Economically Brexit's working': Nigel Farage says but claims it has 'not been properly implemented'

Nigel Farage says Germans should 'get a sense of humour' amid calls for football fans who chant 'Ten German Bombers' to be prosecuted

Nigel Farage says Germans need to 'get a sense of humour' if football fans sing Ten German Bombers chant

Nigel Farage in the LBC studio today and (right) on the Reform UK campaign bus in Barnsley, South Yorkshire this week

'This is how ordinary people speak': Farage defends Reform UK candidates after anti-Islam and far-right comments exposed

Exclusive
Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride was put on the spot by an LBC listener from a "Blue Wall" constituency rained down a barrage of complaints about soaring mortgages, the NHS crisis, crumbling schools and roads, and dentist shortages.

'Why would anyone sane vote for the Tories?': Minister put on the spot with barrage of complaints from LBC listener

Mr Weatherall's lost medals

Nick Ferrari offers £500 reward for return of RAF veteran's medals lost yesterday in Ranville, France

Kemi Badenoch rules out serving alongside Nigel Farage after he hints at Tory takeover.

Nigel Farage 'wants to destroy the Conservative Party', Kemi Badenoch tells LBC

'We've got to give these people justice': Ministers vow to address any criminal wrongdoing in infected blood report

'We've got to give these people justice': Ministers vow to address any criminal wrongdoing in infected blood report

'Minuscule state' of RAF is 'utterly pathetic' meaning just one plane available for D-Day 80th anniversary parachute jumps

'Minuscule state' of RAF is 'utterly pathetic' with just one plane available for D-Day 80th anniversary parachute jumps

Chancellor brands Labour plan to tackle small boat crossings 'absolute joke' which will 'encourage more people to come'

Chancellor brands Labour plan to tackle small boat crossings 'absolute joke' which will 'encourage more people to come'

Former immigration minister Robert Jenrick said Conservative voters were "on strike" and needed Rishi Sunak's government to be honest about the mistakes that have been made.

Tory voters are 'on strike' and Sunak needs to be 'honest' to keep them on side, Robert Jenrick says