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Controversial Woodford Green Islamic centre attacked with a brick

PUBLISHED: 13:58 26 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:01 26 August 2015

The outside of the Woodford Muslim Cultural Centre with a boarded up window, where a brick was reportedly thrown through on Monday night.

The outside of the Woodford Muslim Cultural Centre with a boarded up window, where a brick was reportedly thrown through on Monday night.

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A controversial Islamic centre in Woodford Green reportedly had a brick thrown through its window on Monday night - the latest in a spate of incidents.

The message on the outside of the retail unit at 114-116 Snakes Lane East, in November. Photo credit: TellMamaUKThe message on the outside of the retail unit at 114-116 Snakes Lane East, in November. Photo credit: TellMamaUK

The next day the Woodford Muslim Cultural Centre, in Snakes Lane East, had both a door and part of a window boarded over. There were no reported injuries.

The anti-Muslim violence website TellMAMAUK reported, last week, the word ‘bacon’ had been graffitied on a door at the centre.

In November 2014 a note was found at its entrance saying: “Enough is enough. A mosque is not wanted in Woodford. The rivers of blood are close to overflowing.”

Bashir Chaudhry, chairman of the Redbridge Islamic Centre, said: “Those who have any fear or concern should talk to each other.”

The centre was involved in a protracted battle, between the owners, residents and councillors, for planning permission.

It was initially denied permission by Redbridge Council, but that decision was overturned by an independent planning inspector in July.

Cllr Paul Canal (Con, Bridge), who opposed the inspector’s decision due to the loss of retail space, said: “I oppose violence in all forms. It is distressing that the catalyst for this was the decision by a planning inspector who was not from the borough.”

Redbridge Police are investigating the allegation of criminal damage. Anyone with information should call Redbridge CID on 101.

Woodford Muslim Cultural Centre were contacted for comment.


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