Wednesday, June 29 2016

Police Investigate Racist Attacks on Muslim Homes in South Tyneside

 Local paper, the ‘Shields Gazette’ today reports of a series of racist attacks targeting Muslim homes and a mosque in South Tyneside.

From the paper:
“Bacon and pork have been thrown at several houses in South Shields over the past month.
“The meat is banned in Muslim households, as the pig is considered a ‘dirty animal’ under Islamic law.
“Police confirmed they have received five reports or pork being thrown at, or left outside, properties in the town centre, and are treating them as racist incidents.

“In one attack, a slab of bacon is believed to have been left outside one of the town’s mosques, the South Tyneside Jam-E-Masjid Bangladeshi Muslim Culture and Welfare Association, in Baring Street.
“Police say they are working closely with community leaders to identify those responsible for the attacks, and prevent more from happening.
“Temporary Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes said: “We’re pursuing a number of lines of enquiry in relation to these offences.
“‘We have a strong and productive relationship with the diverse communities in South Tyneside, and we are all working hard to identify those responsible.
“‘We urge anyone who suffers harassment, intimidation or any other racist crime to report it to police as soon as possible, so it can be thoroughly investigated.
“‘We take any allegations of racist crimes very seriously.’”

Police are requesting anyone with information to contact them on 03456 043 043, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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