Quoting from the news article:
A Norfolk police spokesman said: 'Norfolk Constabulary received a report regarding a poster outside a church in Attleborough which was deemed offensive by the complainant.
'National guidance required us to investigate the circumstances and the matter has been recorded as a hate incident.
‘Having spoken to the pastor of the church, it has been agreed the poster will be taken down.’
Here in the US, if a person calls in a complaint to the police, they are required to investigate. That doesn’t seem different from what happened in the UK. What is different is that the sign has been recorded as a hate incident. As an American, this seems odd. I think it places the police officer in the role of the judge or jury. On the other hand, perhaps British law required that a reported hate incident also be recorded as a hate incident.
Is this correct, or is this a matter of misleading coverage by the Daily Mail?