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Big turnout for ‘Rise of Islamophobia in Redbridge’ meeting

PUBLISHED: 10:18 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:29 11 November 2016

Rise of Islamophobia in Redbridge panel: Shenaz Bunglawala, head of research at MEND, Diana Neslen of RECC, Vaseem Ahmed chairman of Redbridge MEND, Sophia Dar, hate crime victim and MP for Ilford North Wes Streeting

Rise of Islamophobia in Redbridge panel: Shenaz Bunglawala, head of research at MEND, Diana Neslen of RECC, Vaseem Ahmed chairman of Redbridge MEND, Sophia Dar, hate crime victim and MP for Ilford North Wes Streeting

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Residents battled cold and wet weather to attend a meeting on the Rise of Islamophobia in Redbridge.

Islamic hate crime has risen by 81 per cent in the borough according to Met Police data between August 2015 and August 2016, and Redbridge Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) organised a meeting to tackle the issue.

The hall was packed at Fullwell Cross Library, High Street, Barkingside, last night and a diverse range of residents turned up to hear speakers including Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, Diana Neslen of Redbridge Equalities and Community Council (RECC) and Sophie Dar, hate crime victim, before engaging in discussion.

Vaseem Ahmed, chairman of Redbridge Mend said the meeting was very important and the increase in Islamophobia was of “big concern for the community”.

Mrs Neslen was encouraged by the energy in the room and the will for change, although believes the situation could get worse before it gets better.

“There is a real desire in the community to work together to address these problems,” she said.

“I have been to meetings where there is a person and a dog but this is a big turnout.”

MP for Ilford North Wes Streeting said residents should not be “bystanders to hate” and everyone needs to look at “all forms of prejudice in society”.

Read the full version in Thursday’s Ilford Recorder


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