Ham thrown at mosque in hate crime attack

jpco-11-7-12 Broadfield Mosque official opening (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-11-7-12 Broadfield Mosque official opening (Pic by Jon Rigby)

A hate crime incident is being ivestigated after pieces of ham were thrown at a Crawley mosque.

Police were called to Broadfield Mosque, in Broadwood Rise, after a number of people leaving the mosque reported witnessing the incident at around 4pm on Tuesday last week (November 20).

Eating pork is considered sinful by Muslims because it is believed pigs are impure and unclean.

Sergeant Jim Collen, of Crawley police, said: “This was a very unpleasant incident which has naturally caused real anguish and anxiety amongst worshippers at the mosque. We take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously and this investigation will be no exception.

“We will deal with this matter robustly and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the police.”

A separate instance of minor disorder which occurred after the alleged ham-throwing is also being investigated by police.

Sgt Collen added: “We are aware of a relatively minor altercation that we hope to resolve using our restorative justice programme.

“It must not be allowed to take the focus away from our investigation of the hate crime as this remains our priority.”

A 16-year-old local boy was arrested on suspicion of a religiously aggravated public order offence and has been bailed while enquiries continue.