Police appeal for witnesses after Stortford mosque attack

Police are today (Thursday, June 11) appealing for witnesses and information following a racially aggravated assault and criminal damage at Bishop’s Stortford’s mosque.

On Monday, April 25 at around 9pm a group of about five men approached the Islamic cultural centre at Millars 2, off Southmill Road, and had a verbal altercation before one of them punched a community member and smashed a window. They returned shortly after and there was a further confrontation.

Sgt Keith Cassells, investigating, said: “We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen these men or the altercation take place to contact police on 0845 3300222.

“This was an unprovoked incident which has been distressing for all those involved. Bishop’s Stortford Neighbourhood Team is working closely with the community members at the mosque and will be increasing patrols in the area.”

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers free and in confidence on 0800 555111.

Two men, a 30-year-old and a 26-year-old, both from Bishop’s Stortford, have been arrested and released on police bail until June 22.

Herts & Essex Observer, 11 June 2009