Seven men accused of burning a copy of the Koran in a Gateshead pub car park will face no further action.
The men were detained in September after a video appeared on the internet.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was not sufficient evidence for a realistic chance of conviction.
It said it had looked at a number of areas for possible prosecution but there was insufficient evidence. However, if any new evidence came to light it would be looked at, it said.
Northumbria Chief Crown Prosecutor Wendy Williams said: “This was a serious incident which the vast majority people will rightly find repugnant.
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