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Police investigating racist graffiti at mosque

POLICE are investigating a hate crime after racist graffiti was written outside a mosque in Lancashire.

It is believed the offence took place some time overnight between Thursday and Friday at the Masjid-e-Salaam mosque in Watling Street, Preston.

The writing, which said “fuk off pakis [sic]” in capital letters, has since been removed.

The mosque’s official Twitter account posted a photograph of the words scrawled on the wall at the entrance, alongside a photograph after it was cleaned up.

An accompanying message read: “Before and after … all cleaned up in readiness for the main Friday prayers.

“Our mosque is open for all and do not harbour any evil for those who wish otherwise.”

Preston Police Chief Inspector Gary Crowe said: “Hate incidents and crimes of any kind are not acceptable.

“There is no place for hate in Lancashire.

“We are making a number of inquiries, including looking at CCTV, to find out who is responsible for this crime.

“We are maintaining contact with the mosque and patrols have been increased in the area.”

Police request that anyone with information  call 101 quoting log number 297 of April 19.

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