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Call for police crackdown on race-hate wi-fi

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: July 18, 2012

Indian restaurant Ginger in King Street Carmarthen

Indian restaurant Ginger in King Street, Carmarthen

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POLICE have been urged to come down hard on the owner of a "racist" wi-fi signal which is detectable in an Indian restaurant.

The wireless internet signal — which has been given the name "I hate all p****" — is at its strongest outside Indian restaurant Ginger, in King Street, Carmarthen.

Saydul Haque, 44, a Bangladeshi waiter at the restaurant, said: "Everybody here knows about it, customers with families have been able to see it and even log on to it.

"One person came up and showed me to ask if we knew about it. We think it is really racist."

It is not known where the signal is coming from but it is at full strength at the front door of the restaurant.

Unlike most private wi-fi connections, it is not security locked so anyone can connect to it and use the internet.

Dyfed-Powys Police labelled the incident a hate crime and said it has been aware of it since April.

Taha Idris, chief executive of race relations charity Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council, said it was vital police punished whoever was responsible.

"I am really appalled that anybody should be using this sort of language so publicly," he said.

"It is a case of a racially aggravated public order offence. I will be contacting Dyfed-Powys Police separately."

Asked if he thought police needed to act swiftly to deal with the perpetrator, he said: "Absolutely. This needs to happen.

"It is a moral crime as well as a crime against a person.

"I would like to see Dyfed-Powys Police come down hard on these people."

Staff at the restaurant said police officers have visited them on three occasions in relation to the incident.

No arrests have been made Sergeant Mark McSweeney said: "Hate crimes such as this are not tolerated by Dyfed-Powys Police.

"We take them extremely seriously and ensure each one is thoroughly investigated.

"I would like to reassure the community once again that we are doing all we can to find the person responsible.

"Inquiries to date suggest an insecure router in the vicinity of King Street has had its identifying name maliciously altered.

"At the moment we are waiting to speak to the router manufacturers to see if it's possible to determine who altered the router's name in such a vindictive way, and if that is possible we will do all we can to track down that individual.

"Throughout our inquiry the local community has been very supportive and have assisted us with our inquiries."

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  • Hadoken756  |  July 21 2012, 4:38PM

    I did not means to write comes either, I am not that welsh butt!

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  • Hadoken756  |  July 21 2012, 4:37PM

    FACT#1 SSID usually have a character limit, so maybe he did not have enough characters to write it all? FACT#2 P4kis is short for pakistani, in the same way that brits is short for british. Just because some people define p4ki as a racial slur, what kind of "FREE" country do we live in where we are TOLD the definition of the word. You can write brits on this website, but if you do the same short cut for people from pakistan, its blanked out. Do not be fooled by misguided and afraid to question inconsistent logic. FACT#3 The router does not need to be connected to the internet for a user to broadcast a wifi name. So there is no guarantee of catching the person. FACT #4 The signal might be being boosted, or pointed towards the place, so there is no guarantee that its someone REALLY CLOSE. but I would say a 25 meter radius is likely. FACT #5 Muslims are allowed to take to the street and **** us off and get away with it, so I say you just suck it up. You have it good here compared to how real british people would be treated in your countries, you know it, I know it, that's why you comes here in your millions looking for a better life.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  July 20 2012, 10:18AM

    Kaiser, I know that. But the real problem is not signal or it's name, it is the person changing the name of the signal. That is someone the police has virtually no chance of tracing. We do not know if the restaurant has a router, I was surmising that if they did and it was there router sabotages then there is a better way to control it.

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  July 18 2012, 11:15PM

    The source may be mobile.

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  • siarad2  |  July 18 2012, 10:38PM

    Get the TV licence detector van out there & it'll be found in a trice.

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  • lyndon666  |  July 18 2012, 9:34PM

    Blimey, it doesn't exactly need Sherlock Holmes to solve this one. If the signal is its at its strongest just outside the restaurant door dare I suggest that the flat upstairs might be involved? In any case the police could identify the router's ISP from its IP address, and could have the name and address of the individual involved within an afternoon, I would have thought. Why has it taken since April?????

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  • Gwyddno  |  July 18 2012, 8:47PM

    maxmin & mattevans72 Please spare some time to think about it. Do you expect the police to respond to the EP by saying something along these lines: 'We had a complaint but we binned it'? Anyone relying on your posts for information would think that the force was treating the case as high priority. On record since April 2012 (See article) Anyway, Dyfed-Powys Police are now too busy responding to the G4S screw up!

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  • huwwuh  |  July 18 2012, 8:45PM

    Perhaps it's someone having racially abusive thoughts outside the shop.

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  • majikmerlin  |  July 18 2012, 6:22PM

    http://tinyurl.com/6uhfrp9 they only have to use the software on the above link, the police will have access to it and it will take them straight to the source of the signal.

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  • mattevans72  |  July 18 2012, 4:42PM

    Stop the planet, I want to get off. Are the Police really spending resources investigating this? It's NON offensive, a NON crime and a NON story. Go and catch some real criminals will you Dyfed Powys Police.

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