GANTS HILL: Racist attack on mosque

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RACIST abuse was shouted at worshippers at a busy mosque.

Police were called to Eastern Avenue in Gants Hill after reports of a group of men causing damage to parked vehicles in the road.

Six men were seen heading in the direction Redbridge roundabout towards Redbridge Islamic Centre, also in Eastern Avenue.

As they reached the mosque they shouted racial abuse and threw bricks at the building, which broke glass in the front doors.

The incident occurred at around 7.45pm on Thursday (March 24), near the start of evening prayers.

A number of worshippers had already entered the mosque but there were still some people outside the building when the attack occurred.

One man suffered a minor head injury but did not need any medical treatment.

Six men were arrested by police and remain in custody at Ilford Police Station.

Chief Inspector Stan Greatrick, of Redbridge police, said: “We would appeal for anyone who was in the Eastern Avenue area and saw the group of males to contact us.

“We have spoken to a number of people in the area and continue to liaise closely with members of the Redbridge Mosque.

“We have already secured additional patrols for Eastern Avenue and we would like to reassure the local community, and those who worship at the Redbridge Mosque, that we are treating this case extremely seriously.”

Anyone with information should contact Redbridge CID on 020 8345 2632.

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9:41pm Sat 26 Mar 11

NoelGallagher says...

Racist EDL scum. Stick to attacking each other and your wives.
Racist EDL scum. Stick to attacking each other and your wives. NoelGallagher
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12:40pm Sun 27 Mar 11

maxfm says...

If someone wants to waste their time attending some churches or mosques, following some primitive belief in the hope the invisible magic man floating around the sky actually exists it's their choice....

.... if people are stupid enough to think attacking peaceful people simply for their beliefs will make a better society... they are wrong.

I hope the book is thrown at them.
If someone wants to waste their time attending some churches or mosques, following some primitive belief in the hope the invisible magic man floating around the sky actually exists it's their choice.... .... if people are stupid enough to think attacking peaceful people simply for their beliefs will make a better society... they are wrong. I hope the book is thrown at them. maxfm
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10:09pm Sun 27 Mar 11

Stendec says...

I am sorry that people in the peaceful performance of their religious beliefs had to endure this. I hope that the racists have failed to engender the hate that they themselves feel in others. I am a practitioner of another faith, but I too hope that the book is thrown at them.
I am sorry that people in the peaceful performance of their religious beliefs had to endure this. I hope that the racists have failed to engender the hate that they themselves feel in others. I am a practitioner of another faith, but I too hope that the book is thrown at them. Stendec
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1:48am Mon 28 Mar 11

SylvieM says...

Gant’s Hill was almost totally Jewish and peaceful for decades, now it’s almost totally Muslim. Jews have been moving out for years, it has completely changed. This attack is wrong, but does not surprise many. It’s happening all over the country.
Gant’s Hill was almost totally Jewish and peaceful for decades, now it’s almost totally Muslim. Jews have been moving out for years, it has completely changed. This attack is wrong, but does not surprise many. It’s happening all over the country. SylvieM
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1:51am Mon 28 Mar 11

SylvieM says...

Gant’s Hill was almost totally Jewish and peaceful for decades, now it’s almost totally Muslim. Jews have been moving out for years, it has completely changed. This attack is wrong, but does not surprise many. It’s happening all over the country.
Gant’s Hill was almost totally Jewish and peaceful for decades, now it’s almost totally Muslim. Jews have been moving out for years, it has completely changed. This attack is wrong, but does not surprise many. It’s happening all over the country. SylvieM
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8:55am Tue 29 Mar 11

janusbranzer says...

As we all know, Muselms are a peaceful calm quiet and respectful people, they have never known to be violent and their leaders are the first to publicly speak out if there are any members of their community that ever speak out of turn or have any views that are not peaceful. No muslem has ever been connected with any crime or violent act and none of them are extremist in any way. They love and tolerate all other races and religions and show tremendous respect to women and members of the gay community. No muslem would ever accept state benefits either, they are lovely wonderful people and they all have perfect personal hygiene.
As we all know, Muselms are a peaceful calm quiet and respectful people, they have never known to be violent and their leaders are the first to publicly speak out if there are any members of their community that ever speak out of turn or have any views that are not peaceful. No muslem has ever been connected with any crime or violent act and none of them are extremist in any way. They love and tolerate all other races and religions and show tremendous respect to women and members of the gay community. No muslem would ever accept state benefits either, they are lovely wonderful people and they all have perfect personal hygiene. janusbranzer
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11:24am Tue 29 Mar 11

jgoldberg says...

I saw the aftermath of this 6 white males being arrested by police being racialy taunted by a large group of asian males some of whom were carrying weapons the arrested men had several injuries and one was covered in blood I dont think this was a one sided attack but the press are keen to jump on the racism wagon.
I saw the aftermath of this 6 white males being arrested by police being racialy taunted by a large group of asian males some of whom were carrying weapons the arrested men had several injuries and one was covered in blood I dont think this was a one sided attack but the press are keen to jump on the racism wagon. jgoldberg
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11:20am Sat 23 Apr 11

dibdob1 says...

Jgoldberg if you witnessed anything and can verify that the the youths arrested were at the shops as the attack was happening then please notify the police.
Jgoldberg if you witnessed anything and can verify that the the youths arrested were at the shops as the attack was happening then please notify the police. dibdob1
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