UK: Community has amazing response to disgusting anti-Islam graffiti on mosque
6/6/2017- A North East community has rallied to remove “disgusting” anti-Islam graffiti spray-painted on the side of a mosque. Appalled residents have reached out to support the Thornaby mosque in Stockton-on-Tees after ‘Muslim cowards’ was sprayed in large letters on the side if their building following the London Bridge terror attack. Mother-of-three Angela Gill told the Teeside Gazette she saw a photo of the graffiti on Facebook and immediately headed to the mosque to try and scrub it off. She explained the graffiti “wouldn’t budge” so she decided to paint over the letters, only for a downpour to wash away all of her hard work. Ms Gill said two girls then offered to again help paint over the graffiti, adding: “The public reaction outshines the actions of one individual. “Whatever the religion, I would hope that someone would act the same as I did.”
Photos of the graffiti have been shared on social media, one commented: “Disgusted to see this attack at the local mosque. We need to unite as communities. This does the total opposite.” Many other Thornaby residents offered to help remove the graffiti, Lauren Fisher wrote: “I'm happy to help scrub this off if the help is needed.” Meanwhile, Thornaby Mosque has responded by organising a community open day aimed at tackling misconceptions abut Islam. Cleveland Police are investigating, adding: “This type of activity is completely unacceptable and that we are treating it as a hate crime.” Anyone with information on the person responsible for this incident is asked to contact Cleveland Police via the 101 number.
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