Officers investigating an incident after bottles were pelted at a mosque in Hackney have released an image of a man they wish to trace. Police were called at around 6.45pm last Wednesday, May 18 to reports of an incident of racially and religiously aggravated criminal damage at Shoreditch Mosque in Redchurch Street, E2.
A man was seen to throw bottles at the building causing damage to windows, according to the Metropolitan Police. No one was hurt during the incident. It is the second incident of its kind in the space of a month.
It is not yet known whether the incidents are connected. On April 18, an East Ham mosque was attacked by men ‘armed with bottles and hockey sticks’ who later ‘set a bin on fire’, according to officers.
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No arrest has yet been made in connection with the Shoreditch incident, and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing led by officers from the Met’s Central East Command Unit. They have since released an image of a man they wish to trace which was captured on CCTV close to the scene.
Local politicians were vocal about the alleged attack on social media, with Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow Rushanara Ali writing: “Very saddened about the criminal damage caused by an attack on Shoreditch Mosque. Completely unacceptable that a place of worship is targeted in this way. Thanks @MSTowerHam for your assistance and for providing reassurance patrols.”
Cllr Kabir Ahmed added: “I contacted committee members as soon as I heard, I was reassured that no-one was hurt or injured, the matter has been reported to the police, who in turn are investigating.
“I have written to the deputy Chief Executive (the person in charge of community safety) and am in contact with officers directly. Lastly, I have been in contact with a number of residents throughout the day and reassuring residents. I will request that all residents keep calm and not to panic.”
Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 6831/18May. To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers. Information can also be provided to and advice obtained from tellmamauk.org.
The local faith officer on the Central East Command Unit is liaising with representatives from the mosque and officers will continue to provide reassurance patrols in the area. MyLondon has contacted Shoreditch Mosque for comment, and the Metropolitan Police for further information.
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