Twitter pictures show figures dressed like KKK members in London
Mystery solved! Pictures Twitter users feared showed Ku Klux Klan members stalking Britain’s streets turn out to be church CHOIR holding candlemass
Pictures of figures dressed in hooded white robes that many Twitter users thought were members of the infamous far-right group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) walking Britain’s streets turned out to be innocent members of a church congregation.
The pictures were taken in Essex and created a frenzy on Twitter, with one member of the public even calling the police, urging them to investigate.
However, Reverend Colin Smith from a church in East Barnet has revealed that the figures were merely members of his Brookside Methodist Church in Cat Hill, taking part in an annual evening candlemass.
Suspicious: The image appears to show a group of people dressed as members of racist group the KKK walking through Essex
Search: Essex police said they found the streets of Chigwell quiet after the images began circulating Twitter
He told The Barnet Press: ‘It’s obvious to anybody looking at it what it was.’
He explained to the paper that the choir was part of a much larger procession that included children, and did not normally wear their hoods.
He added: ‘Unfortunately, it started raining and some of the choir put their hoods up.’
After it was uploaded to Twitter Essex police carried out a search of the area on the night of January 31 and told MailOnline that they hadn’t found anything suspicious.
The truth: The hooded figures were from Barnet Brookside Methodist Church
They were unaware at the time that the photograph had actually been taken two days before.
Many Twitter users had become alarmed at the photographs with one mum of four saying she was ‘sickened’ by them and user Purpz Nelson advising residents to ‘hide their wives and kids if it is the KKK’.
However, others – as reported by MailOnline – were sceptical.
User Ichigo pointed out that if there were KKK members walking through east London ‘there would be more pictures circling around’.
The KKK emerged in the U.S in the 1860s and over the years was involved in numerous acts of terrorism and violence.
At one point its membership in America reached four million.
The Ku Klux Klan is still active, with its website declaring: ‘Bringing a message of hope and deliverance to white Christian America.’
It adds that it’s committed to a ‘non-violent resolution’.