This report contains details of incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes which have been reported in local and national media in the UK and which form part of our regular monitoring of such incidents for submission to the Office for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The incidents detailed here are not an exhaustive list of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the respective years. They are a compilation of incidents which we have documented from the reports carried in local and national news.
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The Sunderland Echo reports on the nailing of a copy of the Qur’an to the walls of a former pub which is to be converted into an Islamic education centre in the town of Shotton Colliery.
Graham French, a member of the far right English Defence League also painted the letters EDL onto the wall twice.
He pleaded guilty to causing racially or religiously-aggravated criminal damage but claimed that the act was a ‘revenge attack’ after he was followed home one night by a woman wearing a burqa.
Chairman of the bench, David Carr, said: “Not only is the daubing of the words racially aggravated, but the nailing of the Koran to the wall makes it even worse.”
The case has been adjourned until next month while a report is prepared on French. He was bailed on the condition that he does not contact Mr Kaiser Javeed Choudry, the Muslim businessman behind the redevelopment project.
Supporters from the English Defence League (EDL) and its faction group the English Volunteer Force (EVF) have threatened to attack an Islamic centre in Purley, according to reports in This is Local London and Croydon Guardian.
A Youtube clip shows two far right extremists trying to enter Anjuman-e-Zaini mosque in South Croydon, rattling the entrance doors and buzzing the intercom system.
Despite the mosque being an authorised place of worship, according to the Croydon Council, the antagonists claim in the video:
“This is known as an illegal mosque. There’s no sign saying it’s a mosque. Yet we’ve seen people coming in and out of here for prayers and all sorts of other business.”
The far right extremists also tried to enter by pressing the intercom. When no one responded, they threatened “Next Friday, we’re coming back. We’re going to have the place over.”
According to EDL News, Alfie Smith (also known as Mark Weston), filmed ‘Marcus Croydon’ and Dave Harding attempting to enter to mosque. A facebook post by Alfie Smith also referring to the centre states: “We don’t want to spoil the surprise for the muzzies.”
Shaukat Dungarwalla, Secretary of the Anjuman-e-Zaini mosque, called the police as soon as he was made aware of the video. The police are said to be keeping an eye on developments in the area.
Croydon has seen a share of far right activity in recent months with the EVF organising a protest outside the UK Border Agency Headquarters in Croydon against the “Islamification” of Britain. Croydon Council, at the time of discussion over a planning application for the Purley Islamic Community Centre heard from the self-styled ‘mosque-buster’ Gavin Boby, who spoke against the proposal.
Paul Weston, Chairman of Liberty GB, leader of the British Freedom Party and former UKIP member, will be contesting the European Parliament elections in May along with Liberty GB’s Press Officer Enza Ferreri and Outreach Officer Jack Buckby.
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, all report on the screening of a police appeal on BBC Crimewatch to identify 50 suspects wanted in connection with public order offences committed during an English Defence League demonstration in Birmingham last July.
Around 2000 EDL supporters descended on the city at the protest last year in which police were pelted with “Smoke bombs, cobble stones, bottles and coins”.
Police have already charged 40 people in connection with the violence and are seeking to identify a further 50 suspects.
BBC Crimewatch will air the appeal tonight, Wednesday, on BBC One at 9pm.