Officers from Merseyside police visited a local mosque daubed with threatening graffiti to provide reassurance as the hate crime investigation continues

The racially aggravated graffiti appeared sometime between February 2 and February 3 at the Shah Jalal Mosque on High Park Street, as officers confirmed to Tell MAMA that after local authorities became aware, they moved quickly to remove the graffiti.

Doorstep inquiries, CCTV and other inquiries are underway, and we will provide further updates where possible.

As protocol, Tell MAMA urges mosques and Islamic centres to keep our safety advice in mind โ€“ high-quality PDFs and multilingual versions are free to download from our Resources page.

We tweeted an initial community yesterday (February 6) and provided a further update with the crime reference number today (February 7).

In a statement, Detective Chief Inspector Ben Dyer said: “Such incidents cause understandable fear and distress in our communities, and we will act on all information provided to find those responsible, as well as continuing to monitor the location through our local policing team.

“If you know anything, come forward in one of the following ways, with reference 23000098168, especially if you captured anyone acting suspiciously nearby or captured anything on CCTV or other devices.”

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