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EDL graffiti on Midlands mosque

26th Jul 2013

By Elham Asaad Buaras

 

West Midlands Police have confirmed they are treating “offensive” graffiti at the Cradley Heath Central Mosque and Islamic Centre as a hate crime.

 

The graffiti reading “EDL never surrender” was daubed on the wall of the mosque in the Black Country on July 1.

 

Council workmen removed the writing hours of its discovery.

 

The latest Islamophobic incident comes four years after arsonists burnt the mosque to the ground on Boxing Day in 2009.

 

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said no arrests have been made on incident which is being treated as a hate crime.

 

“Officers are working with the community to reassure them that police took this type of graffiti seriously” he told The Muslim News.

 

He added police checked CCTV and patrolled the area and urged anyone with information to come forward.

 

Ajaz Ahmad, from the mosque, said he was informed by police about the graffiti, which was found at the back of the building.

 

He said the local community had “some concerns” following the vandalism but said relationships between all neighbours in the area were “very good”.

 

James Morris, the Conservative MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, said he was “very disappointed” to hear about the incident, which he called a “cowardly act”.

 

Sandwell Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Mahboob Hussain, said: “We do not want to see graffiti like this anywhere in the borough. We have been made aware of this case and the slogan will be removed within four hours.”

 

 

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