The force had already painted the ceilings of some of its cells to point worshippers in the right direction.Apparently that wasn't good enough. According to a police spokesperson,
'Wherever possible custody staff facilitate any reasonable request in respect of religious considerations.'Yeah, because asking for a compass to pray is really reasonable. I guess their all-powerful God won't hear Muslims if they happen to face in the wrong direction when they pray. He can't be expected to overlook a minor mistake in facing when a worshipper is in jail. I don't know if a mere compass is good enough. Maybe they need a state of the art GPS system that precisely locates the angle of Mecca. After all, with a compass they might be off a degree or two in their facing, and we can't have that.