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Four men jailed for attack on Dorset Islamic Centre

Four men have been sentenced to four months in jail at Bournemouth Crown Court after having pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated criminal damage. They were also ordered to pay £150 compensation each to Dorset Islamic Centre.

Robert Mullins, Trevor Mullins and Jeremy Rochester and Michael Manyweathers went to Dorset Islamic Centre on 23 May 2013 with the intention of causing damage to the property. This crime was religiously aggravated as the four defendants clearly targeted the Mosque. We hope that with this prosecution the public will be reassured that the CPS takes very seriously any religiously and racially motivated attack and will robustly prosecute those cases when there is sufficient evidence and is in the public interest to do so.

– Richard Oakley, Wessex Crown Prosecution Service

Man jailed after dumping pig's head outside mosque

A 21-year-old man who dumped a pig's head outside a mosque in Berkshire has been jailed for three months.

Rory Rowbottom left the animal part outside the Muslim place of worship in Pound Street, Newbury, last October.

Rowbottom, of Poffley Place, Thatcham, admitted racially aggravated harassment and a Section 4 public order offence at Reading Magistrates' Court.

Chief Inspector Lindsey Finch, of Thames Valley Police, said: "This kind of harassment will not be tolerated by the police or by the community as a whole.

"It was heartening to see the response from other communities in west Berkshire who were equally distressed and horrified that this could happen to Muslims in Newbury."

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