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Mosque attackers videoed themselves in action

An attack on the Jamia Mosque in Totterdown in Bristol was videoed by the attackers themselves.

In the film you can see bacon sandwiches they threw at the building and a St George's Flag with the words "No Mosque" being tied to the railing.

You also hear them being challenged about why they were there. They reply "Because we don't want no mosques here".

Four people have admitted their part in the race attack and will be sentenced at a later date.

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More people charged after alleged Bristol mosque attack

Three more people have been charged in connection with an alleged attack at a mosque in Bristol Credit: ITV News

Three more people have been charged in connection with an alleged attack at a mosque in Bristol.

It happened at the Jamia Mosque in Totterdown on Sunday (Jan 17).

Alison Bennett, 46, and Mark Bennett, 48, both of Spruce Way, Patchway, Bristol, and Angelina Margaret Swales, 31, of West Town Avenue, Brislington, Bristol, have all been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

A total of four people have now been charged. They've been released on bail on condition they don't go within a hundred metres of any mosque.

Second arrest over mosque attack

Police have arrested a second man in connection with an alleged hate crime at a Bristol mosque.

A 48-year-old man, of Patchway, Bristol, has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and is currently in police custody.

The arrest relates to an incident at the Bristol Jamia Mosque in Green Street, Totterdown on Sunday.

Bristol Jamia Mosque Credit: ITV West Country

Man charged over mosque attack

Police have charged a 34-year-old man in connection with an alleged hate crime at a Bristol mosque.

Kevin Shaun Crehan, of Springleaze. Knowle, Bristol, has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following the incident outside the Jamia Mosque in Green Street, Totterdown on Sunday.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court later today.

Bristol Jamia Mosque Credit: Bristol Jamia Mosque

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Bristol Muslim parade to mark the Prophet's birth

Hundreds of Muslims marched through Easton and Fishponds this afternoon (Sunday 3 January), to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.

The procession began after prayers at Easton Jamia Masjid on St Marks Road, and headed to Fishponds Madani Masjid on Lodge Causeway.

Prayers at Easton Jamia Masjid before the parade. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

The event was arranged by the city's four biggest mosques - Easton Jamia Mosque, Fishponds Madani Mosque, Totterdown Mosque and Hazarat Bilal Centre.

An imam from the Easton Jamia Masjid (right) gets ready to parade. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

The Prophet Mohammed's birthday – Eid MIlad ul-Nabi – falls on the 12th or 17th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal, but the actual date changes each year because the Islamic calendar is lunar-based.

One of the smaller marchers. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

I feel this positive action will promote harmony and help people understand Islam much more. In light of recent events it's essential the Muslim community are proactive in positive discussions, actions and dialogue.

– Arif Khan, Chairman of Bristol Council of Mosques
Arif Khan (blue & white scarf) discusses logistics. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell
And they're off! This is St Mark's Road in Easton. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

Another woman bishop for the West Country

Karen Gorham will be consecrated as Bishop of Sherborne on 24 February 2016 Credit: Diocese of Salisbury

The 36th Bishop of Sherborne is to be the current Archdeacon of Buckingham, Karen Gorham.

She started serving God early - helping sharpen pencils in Sunday School - and worked as an administrator before going on to train for the ministry at Trinity College Bristol.

Ven Gorham will be consecrated at Salisbury Cathedral on 24 February, 2016, and will have responsibility for the parishes in Dorset.

I am also keen to get to know those who live in the conurbations, seaside towns, highways and byways of Dorset who might be seeking and searching, in need of support or help, to see where we as Christians can make connections, to ensure that God’s love, hope and grace is shared abundantly.

In the wider diocese I will have responsibility for lay ministry and chaplains, two areas vital to the Church’s ministry in the 21st century, and I also look forward to seeing how that work can continue to thrive through support, encouragement and training.

– Karen Gorham
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