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#EMMET: Legoland cancels booking by Islamic preacher after threats by Far Right groups

A Berkshire theme park has cancelled a booking by a Muslim preacher and his family and friends after a far-right group sent threatening messages, reports say.

Legoland in Windsor was booked in full by East London-based preacher Haitham al-Haddad who wanted to treat friends and family to a day of "Halal Entertainment" on 09 March.

But the theme park has now had to near-£100,000 reservation of the popular destination after staff received threatening messages, phone calls and emails by a number of extremist organizations including a neo-Nazi group which even went so far as to threaten local police.

Palestine-born al-Haddad is described as an Islamic scholar, TV presenter and chairman of the Tower Hamlets-based Muslim Research and Development Foundation. 

He has courted controversy in the past with his views on issues ranging from Homosexuality to Female Genital Mutilation and was one of 25 radical clerics identified by security services for an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) as a result of their extreme views.

A spokeswoman for Legoland told MailOnline that one neo-Nazi group also posted a picture of one of their Muslim workers on Facebook with an offensive comment.

She added that the decision to cancel the booking had been made after consultation with Thames Valley Police who, she said, "couldn't guarantee the visitors' safety".

Thames Valley Police are said to be investigating the threats under the Malicious Communications Act.



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