Politicians send messages of support after arson attack on Mosque in Harlow

Crime / Wed 9th Aug 2023 at 11:52am

A NUMBER of senior politicians have responded to the news of an arson attack on a mosque in Harlow.

Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“I am shocked and appalled to hear about this incident. Whatever the motives are for this, we will not tolerate any attacks on our communities and as a town we stand united. I praise both the fire service and the police for dealing with this incident so quickly. An investigation is underway, and arrests have been made.

“This morning I have spoken with the imam at the mosque to offer our support and express our support for the community. We will remain in close contact with the police on this matter. Alongside the policing presence our community safety team will also be carrying out patrols in the area to provide reassurance at this time.

“I thank those who have already come forward with information to help the police. Anyone who has information on the incident should contact the police. You can let them know by submitting a report on their website or by using the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm. Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about the website reporting services. Alternatively, you can call 101. Please cite incident 1253 of 8 August.”

Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear the reports of a break in and arson attack at the Mosque on Harbets Road last night.

“I pay tribute to the fire service who attended so quickly to deal with the fire and to the police who have launched an investigation for a potential hate crime incident and arrested suspects in connection with this horrific attack.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Imam and the whole Islamic community. Harlow is a  welcoming town and there is no place for hate, discrimination or prejudice in our community and I condemn this abhorrent attack.

“I have contacted the Mosque this morning to offer my condolences and offer all possible support to the Islamic community in Harlow at this time.”

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