Vandals spray anti-Muslim slurs on UK mosque site

Graffiti artists scrawl "terrorist scum" on site of planned £17.5 million mosque in Cambridge; police launch appeal for witnesses.

April 20, 2013 08:07
A scale model of the new Cambridge Mosque building.

Cambridge Mosque model 370. (photo credit: Courtesy Cambridge Mosque Project.)

Unknown vandals on Friday targeted the site of Cambridge's planned new mosque, local British media reported.

According to local Cambridge News, graffiti artists daubed offensive messages on the Mill Road building site including scrawling “terrorist scumbags” on the walls.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses to the attack which happened just after two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 170.

Plans for the £17.5 million new mosque has sparked controversy among the extreme right, with the English Defense League holding a march and a rally in the city against what they term a "super-mosque."

Cambridge News reported that Cambridge City Council quickly painted over the graffiti to prevent distress to the city's huge Muslim community.

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