Video report by ITV Granada Reports' journalist Anna Youssef.
Community leaders joined worshippers at a mosque in Stockport in a show of solidarity after a pig's head was left on the roof - in an act of hate.
Those at Heaton's Muslims' Community Trust (HMCT) building in Heaton Mersey made the grim discovery as they left a gathering at around 9.15pm on Friday 9 December.
Mosque trustee Tayyab Mohiuddin told ITV News that the incident has left many members feeling threatened and intimidated.
He said: "This centre has been here for 10 years we never had an issue like this. It gives them a really sorrowful and painful feeling."
United against hate, community leaders from across Stockport joined worshippers for Friday prayers.
Councillor Tom McGee said: "We need to make sure that people of all faiths and non co-exist together but especially if you are a member of a faith community that you have the opportunity to practise that faith without feat, without recrimination and without threat."
The Labour MP for Stockport Navendu Mishra said: "...the community relations are good in Stockport but we have some people who sadly behave in a criminal manner like this.
"Their actions are designed to traumatise, attack and marginalise a smaller community and it is simply not acceptable."
Two men have been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident and a third man was detained on Friday, 16 December.
Detective Inspector Gareth Beasley of Greater Manchester Police's Stockport division said: "Hate crimes are abhorrent and have no place in civil society.
"If you or someone you know has been a victim of hate crime, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available."
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