The headline was changed while writing this post, to:
'Cafe owner ordered to remove extractor fan because neighbour claimed 'smell of frying bacon offends Muslims''.
But it's worth noting that the original headline, shown at the top of the browser window, was:
'Cafe owner ordered to remove extractor fan in case smell of frying bacon offends passing Muslims'.
Was that the real reason? The article begins:
A hard-working cafe owner has been ordered to tear down an extractor fan - because the smell of her frying bacon 'offends' Muslims.
Planning bosses acted against Beverley Akciecek, 49, after being told her next-door neighbour's Muslim friends had felt 'physically sick' due to the 'foul odour'.
Notice the use of emotive terms 'hard-working' and 'tear down'.
But then we learn that the cafe owner's husband (Cetin) is a 'Turkish Muslim'. Clearly, he hasn't complained or been offended. The owner says:
Cetin's friends actually visit the shop, they're regular visitors, they're Muslim people, they come in a couple of times a week. I have Muslim people come in for cheese toasties. Cetin cooks the food himself, he cooks the bacon.
No 'offence' there either then.
But then it becomes clear that the complaints about the smell coming from the cafe's extractor fan were not from random passing Muslims.
Indeed, the planning application details appear to show that there was just one official complaint - and that was from the person who lives next door to the cafe:
Mr [Graham] Webb-Lee said: 'The vent is 12 inches from my front door. Every morning the smell of bacon comes through and makes me physically sick.'
Notice he says the smell makes him 'physically sick', not his Muslim friends, as the Mail claimed in the second paragraph. And yes, he does mention his 'Muslim friends' couldn't 'stand the smell'. But using the term 'Muslim friends' strongly implies he's not actually Muslim himself - if he was, it's likely the Mail would have mentioned it somewhere.
According the cafe owner, Webb-Lee told a council meeting:
...he had a daughter with an eating disorder, the Muslim friends, and the bad smell all the time is making his clothes smell.
Add to that his comments that the smell makes him 'physically sick' and you wonder why the Mail has decided to only highlight one of these reasons...
After all, the Council ruled that the smell from the fan was unacceptable to everyone:
A spokesman for Stockport Council said: 'The retrospective application was rejected on the grounds of residential amenity, as the committee felt the odours given off from the vent were unacceptable for neighbouring residents.'
So the cafe owners are being forced to remove the extractor fan because they didn't get planning permission when they installed it and when the (almost certainly non-Muslim) neighbour complained about the smell, their subsequent planning application was refused because it was giving off unacceptable odours.
At time of writing, this was the second story on the Mail's homepage.