Man charged over mosque attack following CCTV appeal
A 20-year-old man has been charged in connection to a racially aggravated attack on a mosque in Warrington town centre. Nathan Hancox, was arrested on Au gust 28, and has been bailed. A17-year-old will also appear in court. He is due to appear at Hal ton Magistrates Court on November 10, charged with racially aggravated criminal damage. CCTV images of sus pects were released af ter the mosque on Arpley Street was van da lised in July, with a win dow smashed.
Race hate crime up in South Wales
South Wales has seen a 20% in hate crime compared to last year with the majority of crime being of a racially biased nature. In the afte math of Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder last year, race hate crime in South Wales more than doubled com pared to the same period the previous year. The Welsh Got under took a hate crime consultation in 2013 be fore publishing a Frame work for Action earlier this year.
Vandals target Muslim graves in Chadderton Cemetery
Islamophobic vandals carried out a sickening at tack on Muslim graves in Chadderton cemetery, Oldham. The assail ants up rooted head stones, trampled on flowers and kicked over memorials in what police branded a ‘heinous and sense less’ crime. The raid took place at the site, on Middle ton Road, be tween 8.30pm on August 15, and 7.30pm the following day. Ten graves – all in the Muslim section of the cemetery – were dam aged by vandals. Abdul Chaudhary Wahad from Al-Madina Mosque, who visits the cemetery with his children daily since his wife died nearly two years ago, told The Muslim News he was “very angry” and “very up set” when he saw the his wife’s and other dam aged graves. He added that this should not hap pen to any grave, Muslim or non-Muslim. The cemetery was built in 2011 and has 200 Muslim graves. It is being treated by the police as a racially-motivated attack and not as Islamophobic attack.