A simple spelling mistake led to a police investigation after a young boy innocently wrote that he lived in a 'terrorist house' - instead of a terraced house. The 10-year-old Muslim lad made the mistake during an English class and he was later interviewed by police. His family's laptop was also searched by specialist officers.
The little boy, who is unnamed, attends primary school in Accrington, Lancs., and the boy's family have expressed their shock at the incident. Teachers are legally obliged to report any suspected extremist behaviour but the boy's cousin, who has not been named, said the fact the spelling error was probed by police is a "joke".
She told the BBC: "You can imagine it happening to a 30-year-old man but not to a young child. "If the teacher had any concerns, it should have been about his spelling.
"They shouldn't be putting a child through this. He's now scared of writing and using his imagination." The incident happened on December 7 last year and the youngster's teacher was legally obliged to report the incident under the 2015 Counter Terrorism and Security Act.
Assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi, said: "There are huge concerns that individuals going about their daily life are being seen through the lens of security and are being seen as potential terrorists rather than students.
"This is a natural consequence of the extension of the 'Prevent Duty' to schools. "In a statement Lancashire Police said: "This was reported to the police but was dealt with by a joint visit by a PC from the division and social services, not by anyone from Prevent.
"There were not thought to be any areas for concern and no further action was required by any agency." The boy's school says it is unable to comment.