In London, a man has been fined today after pleading guilty to putting up homophobic stickers in east London.
Mohammed Hasnath, 18, of Leamouth, Tower Hamlets, was fined just £100 for the public order offence relating to using threatening words and behaviour.
Four stickers with the message "gay free zone" appeared at Bow Church DLR station, Whitechapel and on a bus, between 11 and 14 February. Westminster magistrates’ court also ruled Hasnath should pay £85 costs.
In February, a group of residents countered the stickers by replacing the words "gay free zone" with "love".
Religious groups, including the Muslim Council of Britain and the East London Mosque, also condemned the stickers, which appeared to reference the Koran.
“It’s disappointing that the punishment was so lenient” Jason Shaw said today.