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Police seek man who threw rotten pork at mosque

 

Detectives from Islington Borough investigating a religiously aggravated hate crime have issued CCTV footage of a man they wish to identify and speak to in connection with the incident.

On Thursday, 26 May police were called at 4.15am to a report of a man throwing a bag of rotten pork meat at Finsbury Park mosque on St. Thomas’s Road, Finsbury Park.

CCTV from the mosque caught the moment the suspect approached the gated entrance. He approached the location several times in the early hours and waited until there was no one around before he threw the bag of meat onto the steps of the mosque. He then made off heading towards Rock Street.

The suspect is described as a white bearded man, in his late 30s, 5ft 9ins tall of medium build. He was wearing a light coloured woollen hat, a light coloured coat with a folded down collar and light coloured trousers. He wore dark black shoes.

Detective Inspector Ralph Coates of Islington Community Safety Unit said:

“We take hate crime extremely seriously as we know how destructive these offences can be, both to individuals and to communities.

“I would urge anyone who recognises this man or has any information that will help the investigation to contact police.”

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise or may have witnessed the man shown on CCTV.

Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify the man is asked to contact Islington Community Safety Unit on 020 7421 0281 or alternatively call 101 quoting CRIS 2712630/16. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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