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Police chief and head Imam urge communities to stand together

Standing together to fight hate crimes Credit: West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins and Imam Qari Asim, Head Imam of the Makkah Mosque, Leeds, are urging communities to stand together in the wake of the latest terrorist incident, in Finsbury, London.

Officers have been providing highly visible reassurance and support across the county - and the Chief Constable says this will continue for 'as long as is necessary'.

The Finsbury terrorist attack was dreadful, particularly as it targeted people leaving prayers in the holy month of Ramadan.

Naturally, this has raised concerns among our own Muslim communities .... Qari and I are making this statement as we are united in our view that acts of terror will not divide us. West Yorkshire is a county with long established, richly diverse communities and now, more than ever, we need to stand together.

People of all faiths, or no faith, must be free to live their lives without fear of hatred or intolerance.

– West Yorkshire Chief Constable Dee Collins

The Chief Constable and I feel it was very important to stand together on this issue. It is essential to send a clear message that there can be no tolerance of religious hatred in our communities.

While many members of the Muslim community are understandably very concerned about their own safety, we know we must not give in to extremists. Hate incidents must be reported and people who commit hate crimes have to be dealt with robustly.

The increased police patrols we have seen locally have been reassuring, but it is up to us all as individuals and communities to be united in our rejection of extremist views. Everyone must remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police.

– Imam Qari Asim