After EDL protesters gather in Woolwich and three mosques are attacked overnight, a helpline reports a rise in reports of anti-Muslim abuse amid fears of a backlash.

The politically-motivated murder of a British soldier in Woolwich has sparked a rise in anti-Muslim attacks and fears of worse to come during weekly prayer gatherings at British mosques on Friday.

The anti-abuse monitoring group Tell Mama reported a ten-fold rise in attacks overnight. Most incidents took place online on social networking sites and forums, but some included “threats to kill”, the group told Channel 4 News.

We really fear if we have more attacks like this, that our good relations in this country will fracture Fiyaz Mughal, Tell Mama

On Thursday, an EDL supporter falsely tweeted that Muslims were gathering to “celebrate” the Woolwich attack in Bolton. Greater Manchester Police told Channel 4 News there was no truth to the rumours.

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