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Double mosque attack shocks Queens Park

b12-366 The Mosque in Westbourne Rd, Queens Park was broken into and vandalised.

Tariq Hussain chairman of the mosque

b12-366 The Mosque in Westbourne Rd, Queens Park was broken into and vandalised. Tariq Hussain chairman of the mosque

BEDFORD’S Islamic community has been left ‘devastated’ by attacks on two Queens Park mosques on Saturday.

Burglars raided the Jamia Masid Hafia Ghousia Mosque in Ford End Road and the Gulshan-e-Baghdad Mosque in Westbourne Road causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and stealing items including CCTV equipment.

Saturday’s events meant that Jamia Masid Hafia Ghousia Mosque had been burgled twice that week.

Around £2,500 worth of damage to doors and equipement has been calculated at Gulshan-e-Baghdad Mosque, but chairman Tariq Hussain claimed that the very fact that someone broke in is the most upsetting.

He said: “If I could speak to the person really I would like them to realise that material things you can replace, but the community are devastated and upset that people can rob places of worship.

“But if that person wanted any help they can come and see us.”

He added: “It’s really, really upsetting that people could do that to a place of worship. I don’t think it’s racist, I think it’s just a burglar doing his job. I don’t think it can be a local person because we are a very close community.”

Police scene of crime officers attended both of the properties and an investigation is currently ongoing.

Mr Hussain added: “We don’t keep any money on the property so the damage is mainly broken doors and locks.

“The kids were devastated because the mosque is somewhere you can go and forget the world and feel safe.”

Councillor Mohammad Yasin, who represents the Queens Park Ward also called on the police to take serious action to stop the events happening again.

He said: “This is a very worrying situation. People are really upset and frightened and are feeling very unsafe. “This is a time when the police should take a swift action to tackle these crimes.”

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