‘We Don’t Want a Mosque in Clitheroe’ Facebook page monitored by police

A leader of Clitheroe’s small Muslim community has spoken of his disappointment after a social networking page was set up to protest against the building of the town’s new mosque.

The group on Facebook, called “We Don’t Want a Mosque in Clitheroe”, was started in response to plans to convert the disused former Mount Zion Methodist Chapel in Lowergate, into a community facility and place of worship for the local Muslim community.

The campaign’s supporters, believed to be mostly from outside the Ribble Valley, are now being warned their comments are being monitored by police and should think twice before posting anything abusive or offensive.

The Facebook group has more than 1,000 people signed up and features inflammatory comments.

Clitheroe Advertiser, 29 December 2009