Police probe Islamophobic incident on Finsbury Park Mosque

1st Jul 2016
Police probe Islamophobic incident on Finsbury Park Mosque

A bag of pork sausages was thrown over a fence into Finsbury Park Mosque in the early hours of May 26
(Photo: Finsbury Park Mosque)

Elham Asaad Buaras

Finsbury Park Mosque officials have voiced their frustration at the repeated Islamophobic attacks on their inner London mosque after a bag of pork sausages was thrown over a fence into the mosque in the early hours of May 26.

The Metropolitan police have described as the incident as a “hate crime” and released a CCTV image of a man who they wish to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place around 2am.

The man was wearing a beanie hat and rain jacket and he appeared to have a well-grown beard.

Mosque Chair, Mohammed Kozbar, told The Muslim News: “The community are very angry and frustrated. It is very offensive and is an Islamophobic attack and this is not the first time it happened.

“Our demand is to capture the offender and bring him to justice so he can be an example to others who may think to do similar things in the future.”

“We as the mosque management and the local Muslim community worked hard in the last few years to transform the situation here from a hostile to a cohesive atmosphere, therefore, the community deserve better.”

“We received a lot of support from our partners and the wider community and this shows that all communities are united against such a heinous attacks which aim to divide the communities.”

In a statement to The Muslim News Detective Inspector Ralph Coates of Islington Community Safety Unit said: “We take hate crime extremely seriously as we know how destructive these offences can be, both to individuals and to communities.

“I would urge anyone who recognises this man or has any information that will help the investigation to contact police.”

In November last year, a man set fire to a jerry can of petrol and threw it into the grounds of the mosque. Kozbar says there have been no other recent attacks “but from time to time we receive some phone calls from some abusers and idiots which ignore.”

No one has been caught yet for that incident.

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