Widespread support for mosque after fire

Luton Council of Faiths solidarity event

Faith leaders have encouraged ‘a stance of peace and calm’ following a fire that was started outside a mosque.

Members of Luton Council of Faiths met outside the Bury Park Jamie Masjid in Bury Park Road, Luton, to express solidarity after two wheelie bins were set alight outside the building in the early hours of Monday morning.

Chairman Zafar Khan, said: “As Luton Council of Faiths, we therefore pledge our strong resolve, to continue playing an active role in creating an environment of understanding and respect amongst the many religious and culturally diverse communities in the town.

“We wish to convey, to everyone at the Masjid, our message of solidarity, prayers, support and encouragement for the stance of peace and calm which the mosque leadership has chosen to convey across to the Muslim community after the arson attack on the mosque.”

A full police investigation is currently being carried out in relation to the incident, and officers are keen to trace any members of the public who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact DC Knight, in confidence, on 01582 473142 Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Luton On Sunday, 7 April 2009