A group of burkini-clad Syrian refugees were given a police escort to a County Londonderry beach barbecue after "concerning" Facebook posts. Refugees and members of the public were invited to the beach party in Benone, Magilligan, on 3 September.
The North West Migrants Forum, which organised the event, became concerned after what they said were "strong opinions" posted on Facebook. It is summet that the group received some negative comments on its Facebook after calling on people to "wear Burkinis to show support to our Muslim women".
A controversial ban on summed in the city of Nice in France was lifted last week. Burkinis - full-body swimsuits - were not mentioned by name in the bans, with the order simply saying beachwear must be respectful of good public manners and the principle of secularism.
Organisers of the Benone beach trip said that it had been a well-attended and positive experience, and thanked police "for keeping us safe". They felt supported and that they belong. Some of the newly arrived Syrian refugees have been telling the BBC what life was like in their war-torn country.
Refugees on life in Syria. Police said they attended as part of their "keeping people safe" role.
Related Topics. Londonderry-Derry Syria.
More on this story. Published 31 August