Investigation opened into racially aggravated criminal damage

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Thames Valley Police has opened an investigation into three acts of religiously aggravated criminal damage in and around two mosques in the city.

Between 10.30pm and 11pm on Saturday (, graffiti was sprayed on Granby Mosque, Peverel Drive, Bletchley and a shed to the side of the building was set alight and destroyed.

Detectives believe this incident is connected to two other acts of criminal damage at the mosque in North Street, New Bradwell, and on a white Mercedes Sprinter van in Harwood Street, New Bradwell, overnight between Saturday and Sunday. In all three incidents offensive messages were sprayed.

Det Insp Richard North, investigating officer, said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around this time of these offences, or who has any information to contact my officers.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously near the mosques? Have you heard someone discussing this before or after Saturday night?

“These messages were highly offensive and designed to cause maximum upset to the Muslim community. We have increased our patrols in the areas and I would like to reassure everyone that we are doing all we can to catch those responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Dave Phipps on 0845 8 505 505.