Police bid to defuse possible clashes in mosque protest

Police have held a series of meetings in a bid to prevent possible clashes in Harrow after protests against the borough’s new mosque were scheduled for the end of August.

It is thought thousands will flood to Harrow to demonstrate outside The Harrow Central Mosque, in Station Road, on August 29, in opposition to a Sharia Law court building within the new site.

The demo has been endorsed by The English Defence League (EDL), a group against “militant Islam”, who were involved in clashes in Birmingham over the weekend, which led to 35 arrests and injuries to three people.

It is thought that members have been recruited though various internet sites and one social network group already has as many as 3,000 people backing plans to protest in Harrow.

Harrow Observer, 12 August 2009