Police are increasing patrols at two mosques in Cambridge after strips of bacon were today (June 8) left on the car windscreens to insult fasting Muslims. Four vehicles were targeted in the hate crime at about 12.30am at the Omar Faruque Mosque in Kirkwood Road, King s Hedges as Muslims celebrate Ramadan1. Officers will also patrol around the mosque in Mawson Road, off Mill Road, following the incident.
The mosque on Mawson Road
The attack on worshippers came after the terrorist incidents in London and Manchester, which have triggered an increase in hate crimes across the country. In London there has been a five-fold increase in hate crimes following the London Bridge Terror attack, according to the city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan. A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said: We are aware of this incident and an investigation is underway .
We will be carrying out extra patrols in the area of both Cambridge mosques.
“We were called to a prejudice incident in Kirkwood Road, Cambridge, at around 12.30am this morning.
Omar Faruque Mosque in Kirkwood Road
TellMAMA, which monitors anti-Muslim attacks, said: We have received information that worshippers at the Omar Faruque mosque in Kirkwood Road, Cambridge, came out from prayers to find strips of ham on the windscreens of four vehicles.
Worshippers who had fasted were confronted with the anti-social and anti-Muslim actions.
We are increasingly receiving reports of such activities where pork products are being used to abuse fellow citizens who happen to be Muslim.
Clearly in the minds of perpetrators, they believe that pork products are an insult to Muslims.
The monitoring group had a similar report from Cambridge in April when bacon was left on the handle of a Muslim man s car who was returning from Parkside swimming pools with his 6-year-old niece when he discovered the pork product.
A police spokeswoman said: We were called at around 3.50pm on Monday, April 24, to reports of a prejudice incident in Queen Anne Terrace Car Park, Cambridge.
The offence took place between 1.20pm and 3.45pm on Sunday, April 23.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting crime number CF0235440417.
The mosque has been asked for comment.
Voters go to the polls today amid heightened security in what the National Police Chiefs Council says are “unprecedented times”. Election planners and police reviewed security plans after both the Manchester terror attack two weeks ago, in which 22 people were murdered by a suicide bomber and the London Bridge atrocity last weekend in which eight people were killed. National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for protective security Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said: “Security around polling stations is constantly being reviewed and updated by local police forces. :: The victims of the London terror attack1
Image: Supt Gavin Williams is in charge of policing the election in Wiltshire
“Plans are in place to make sure that resources are appropriately allocated.”
In Wiltshire, where there are five parliamentary constituencies, the officer in charge of policing the election, Superintendent Gavin Williams, said while there is no intelligence of a threat to the county or the wider region, there will be armed police on patrol throughout polling day and at the counts . He urged voters to remain vigilant, but to go about their business as normal. :: The victims of the Manchester terror attack2
Image: Election security in Wiltshire is constantly under review
The returning officer responsible for overseeing the ballot in the county, Carlton Brand, said he was “not worried” but was liaising regularly with police and that the election day plans were constantly under review. He also stressed that people should get out and vote.
Deputy assistant commissioner D’Orsi from the NPCC said: “The general threat level remains at severe, so we continue to ask the public to be alert and to report any concerns to police.
“We appreciate that these are unprecedented times and together with our partners we continue to keep communities safe.”
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