Police warned against posting “anti-Islam” comments on social networking sites following the Woolwich tragedy.

A Sussex Police officer, writing on Facebook, said: “It’s been brought to my attention that, following the very sad death of one of our soldiers, comments are being posted that are anti Islam.

“Please don't take part in this by making comments yourself or liking others comments. The vast majority of people, whatever their religion, believe what has happened to be totally unacceptable. Please don't allowed the actions of a tiny minority to colour your views.”