Two animal lovers were branded pedophiles and pelted with stones by dozens of Muslims for wearing ‘mankinis’ on a sponsored walk.
Steven Ellis, 41, and brother-in-law Jason Hendry, 22, had to be rescued by police after being attacked by outraged residents in a city street.
The duos, who were raising money for a dogs’ home, said officers told them the skimpy outfits had offended Muslims living along the route.
Jason said: “It’s disgusting. I was angry with the way people reacted.
“We tried to explain it was a bit of fun to help charity. I am shocked this should happen in our city.”
The pair was each walking a dog and were being supported by family when trouble flared.
Steven’s wife, Victoria, 36, who was following in a car with the couple’s five children, said: “We stopped to give the dogs a drink, and we were suddenly surrounded. The men were threatening to fight Jason.
“Within minutes, a crowd of 30 or 40 men assembled and were throwing stones and eggs at us. They were shouting at Jason that he was a pervert and a pedophile.
“One of them called me a dirty white slag. The children were petrified.”
She said police told them that tensions were high in the area because the English Defence League was about to march there while Muslims celebrated Ramadan.
Steven and Jason, wearing the revealing costume made famous by comedy creation Borat, planned to walk eight miles from Solihull to Birmingham Dogs Home in the city centre. The trouble kicked off in the Sparkbrook area of the city.
West Midlands police escorted the duo, who raised £300 for the charity, and the family members to the dogs’ home.
Officers – at the scene of the attack for 25 minutes – said trouble was caused by the choice of fancy dress.