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‘Britain First’ group say: “We don’t have further mosque-campaigns”

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INVASION: Britain First members entered ten mosques in Bradford telling people to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible

INVASION: Britain First members entered ten mosques in Bradford telling people to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible


A group of uniformed far-right activists who visited ten mosques across Bradford, carrying out a ‘Christian Crusade’ and handing out Army Bibles to Imams, have said that they are not against Muslims.

The representatives of Britain First who were dressed in matching flatcaps and green jackets embossed with the party logo stating "Taking our country back" had filmed themselves randomly talking about ‘Muslim grooming gangs’ and had even told one Muslim man to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible’.

Led by Paul Golding, a former BNP councilor, during their unprovoked visit to Bradford, they turned up at the doorstep of Bradford Lord Mayor Khadim Hussain’s house demanding to see him on what he was doing to combat child sexual exploitation in the Muslim community. They then accused his daughters of lying when they told the group that he was not home.

CONCERNED: Zulfi Karim, secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques is fearful the situation could get out of control if agencies don’t step in

CONCERNED: Zulfi Karim, secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques is fearful the situation could get out of control if agencies don’t step in

Zulfi Karim, secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques, said the action marked a new wave of right-wing action and was co-ordinated with almost military precision.

Now this week, the actions of the Britain First members have been slammed by Secretary of State for Communities Rt Hon. Eric Pickles MP and MP Stephen Williams - the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, who has responsibility for Community Cohesion.

Though Britain First, an off-shoot of BNP, haven’t broken any laws per se, the unprovoked invasion of several mosques by the group has raised questions as to where the law stands on intimidation.

MP David Ward and Zulfi Karim from the Bradford Council for Mosques led on the talks concerning what immediate actions could be put in place to help alleviate any community concerns and what steps could be implemented to ensure that all local religious institutions can deal with any future attacks.

INVASION: Britain First members entered ten mosques in Bradford telling people to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible

INVASION: Britain First members entered ten mosques in Bradford telling people to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible

The Communities Secretary confirmed that he will be speaking to the Home Secretary to try to ascertain what measures needed to be put in place to ensure that the Police can take effective action in the future to prevent such incidences occurring.

Britain First, speaking to the Asian Express, said that they are fuelled by the breakdown of society and failure of politics in Britain.

“We’re a group of people who abhor the effects of binge drinking, mindless racist actions as well as grooming and FGM,” say Britain First spokesperson James Dowson, also considered the founder of the group.

He added: “We believe that even if every single immigrant left this country, this country would still be on it’s knees because of the politicians that have failed us.

“We don’t have anything against the vast majority of law-abiding Muslims but we feel that they are not addressing issues such as grooming which is led by Asian gangs.
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“Let me put it this way, I’d prefer a devout Muslim attending his mosque rather than hanging around drinking cans of larger like an EDL member.”

Asked on any further plans to target mosques in other cities, he said: “No but
in hindsight, perhaps we should not have tried to get our message across in this manner, but we are working on opening up an educated dialogue with people.”

HANDED OUT: 100 Bibles were given across the ten-mosque invasion last weekend

HANDED OUT: 100 Bibles were given across the ten-mosque invasion last weekend

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “The reaction of Bradford’s Muslim citizens was a commendable example of British reasonableness. In our country everyone should feel free to worship without fear of harassment or interruption. Freedom of worship is a fundamental and hard-fought British liberty that we should defend.”

Communities Minister Stephen Williams MP said: “These were the deliberate and provocative actions of thugs and we utterly condemn the invasion of any Mosque as disrespectful and hateful. We will support faith organisations and Council of Mosques to take the right security precautions and ensure people in Bradford feel safe.”

 

Vince Firth

Vince Firth

Superintendent Vince Firth

“I fully appreciate the level of concern that exists following the reports relating to the group Britain First and I first want to reassure people that we view this matter very seriously.

"We have a dedicated team of detectives, led by a senior investigating officer, who are making enquiries. They are in close liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service and if any offences have been committed, appropriate action will be taken.

“We are also aware of incorrect social media posts in relation to these allegations in Bradford which suggest that an arrest has taken place, however, at this stage I can confirm our investigations remain ongoing.

“We do not underestimate the impact that such incidents can have on our community and we are fully committed to supporting local people in their places of worship.

“Bradfordians have shown on many occasions how they can come together, rejecting potential threats in a dignified manner. Local people continue to have a big role to play and we ask that whatever is happening, they allow the police and our partners to manage it with the resources at our disposal.

“Following this incident, work was immediately undertaken by local Neighbourhood Policing Teams and statements were offered to the media on Sunday evening.

“We continue to update the public, community leaders, the local Authority and the Council for Mosques as to the current position.

“If you have any concerns, or have witnessed any of these events, please approach your local Neighbourhood Policing Team via the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.”

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Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub

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A new apprenticeship scheme is set to arrive in Bradford next week as the Council for Mosques launches its first ever Apprenticeship Hub.

In partnership with City Training Services and West Yorkshire Learning Providers, the launch is set to take place on Wednesday 5th March at the Khidmat Centre, in the city.

This event is significant in promoting awareness and aspirations for apprenticeships of young people from the local minority communities.

SUPPORTIVE: President of Council for Mosques, Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, is delighted to offer a ‘wonderful Opportunity’ to youths in Bradford

SUPPORTIVE: President of Council for Mosques, Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, is delighted to offer a ‘wonderful Opportunity’ to youths in Bradford

Young people and parents are invited to come down to talk and receive Information, advice and guidance from employers, National Apprenticeship Service, Connexions, colleges and learning providers.

Set up to attract and support more young people from the minority communities and all faith groups to apply for apprenticeships, the Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub will provide on-going support through a network of providers in writing winning applications, interview techniques and securing apprenticeship opportunities.

The event is partly sponsored by Mangla Jewellers, My Lahore and the WYLP Skills Consortium.

Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, President of Council for Mosques said: “There is a growing recognition that young people from minority ethnic communities need additional encouragement and support to access opportunities.

“Council for Mosques is ideally placed to provide access and support to young people wanting to access the opportunities that the apprenticeship scheme offers.

“Together with our partners, we are bringing these opportunities to the communities in the area. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to earn and learn at the same time.”

Tracey Scott-Milner, City Training Services added he rpraise to the project. “City Training Services are committed to raising awareness of apprenticeships amongst all faiths in the city,” she said.

“With a high youth unemployment rate it is more important than ever that as many local employers, parents, schools and young people are made aware of the options available to them through the apprenticeship programme.”

Ashfaq Gulab, Partnership Manager of West Yorkshire Learning Providers said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to gain real life skills that will give them long term benefit.

“Apprenticeships are the ‘Gold Standard’ in vocational qualifications. It is important that we have different routes into training and learning for our young people. It’s about giving them choice, and fostering their ambition so that they build the skills and confidence to succeed.”

Between 2012 and 2013, 500,000 people started on an apprenticeship scheme, with 10,000 employers offering such positions.

For Further information about the Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub,
contact Hafsha Ali on, H.ali@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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