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Gas fitter's 'ban the burka' campaign backfires in Devon

Thomas Dunn, 57, sparked panic after he changed into traditional Muslim clothing in a Debenhams store in Exeter

Thomas Dunn, 57, sparked panic after he changed into traditional Muslim clothing in a Debenhams store in Exeter

A gas engineer who is running a one-man 'ban the burka' campaign was surrounded by armed police after wearing traditional Islamic clothing and a rucksack in a busy department store. 

Thomas Dunn sparked panic and confusion when he changed into the traditional Muslim attire to protest about people wearing burkas in Britain.

Officers rushed to the scene when the 57-year-old caused alarm in the Debenhams store in Exeter city centre, Devon.

Dunn, who is still running a campaign against burkas, said he targeted the high street chain after it announced it was going to sell Muslim clothing.

He donned a full niqab - which is a veil for the face - and started imitating Muslim prayers inside the crowded shop.

He then took off the niqab outside the store, where he was stopped under Section 43 of the Terrorism Act.

He was questioned and searched by

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