Local paper, York Press, reports on the successful use of a mosque open day to defuse tensions arising from an English Defence League protest in York at the weekend.
EDL members were intent on gathering for a protest in front of York mosque with The Guardian reporting that a St George’s flag was nailed to the fence in front of the mosque.
In a bid to open a dialogue with the EDL, members of the mosque invited them in for tea and biscuits and to hear the reactions of the local Muslim community to the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Ismail Miah, president of York mosque, said: "Under the banner of Islam there are very different politics: democratic politics, the far right, left, central, all over. You can't target a whole community for what one or two people have done.
"What they've done in London is for their own reasons but there's no reasoning behind it from an Islamic point of view."
Imam Abib Salik, who appeared on ITV's Daybreak programme, told the presenters, "What it really symbolises is the fact that many of the supporters said that the views of certain groups like the EDL are not the views of everyone and at the same time we said the actions of certain individuals are not representative of the Muslim community as a whole."