It is also alleged Mr Murtagh called police on dozens of occasions between 2016 and 2020 to report racially motivated assaults which didn’t happen.

“The police response to those calls at times included officers deploying to the location under emergency conditions, only to find no evidence of any such incident taking place,” the police spokesman said.

“The content we are alleging was posted by the accused man has no place in our community, and it is not reflective of the views held by members of the diverse and multicultural community we are all proud to be part of.

“Many racially motivated comments are made online under the ‘cloak of anonymity’, however we are committed to investigating offences that are intended to harass or intimidate members of our community … offenders will be identified, and they will be prosecuted.”

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