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Gogglebox bosses stand by Siddiqui brothers after terrorist gaffe

Published 03/08/2016

The Siddiqui brothers
The Siddiqui brothers

Producers at the Channel 4 television show Gogglebox will be taking no action against Baasit and Umar Siddiqui after the brothers' joke on social media sparked an anti-terror police probe.

Gogglebox producers are standing by show regulars Baasit Siddiqui and Umar Siddiqui after their social media joke sparked an anti-terror police probe.

The brothers, who have appeared on the Channel 4 television review show since it debuted in 2013, posed for a photograph alongside their brother Raza dressed in camouflage clothing while preparing for a paintballing outing.

Raza then posted the image on Facebook alongside a caption referring to the terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which read, "ISIS training day, look how happy we look!"

The Siddiquis, of Derby, England, were subsequently reported to police by a concerned member of the public. Police officials indicated they had examined the image and were satisfied there was no link to terrorism and would be taking no further action.

Baasit took to Twitter to apologise on behalf of his siblings for the ill-judged joke, and Gogglebox producers have indicated they will face no action for the social media gaffe.

"The Siddiquis are aware that this post was misjudged and have apologised for their mistake. It will not affect their position on Gogglebox," a spokesperson for the show told U.K. newspaper The Independent.

In his apology Baasit wrote, "The image on Facebook was meant to be light-hearted but was clearly a joke that was misjudged. We are extremely sorry for any offence caused."

Although police officers abandoned the terror probe after they were satisfied the brothers had no links to terrorism, in a statement to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper Derbyshire police indicated the brothers had received a warning about their social media conduct.

"We have examined the photograph and are satisfied that the caption was not intended to be taken seriously, and there was no link to terrorism whatsoever, the statement read.

"We will be offering suitable words of advice to those who uploaded it; however, no offences have been committed and there will be no further police action."

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