500 Anti-Muslim Attacks in Britain, and Fear of Race Riots

July 17, 2005

Source: The Times


On July 17, 2005 The Times reported, "About 500 faith-hate and race-hate crimes � ranging from arson attacks on mosques to Muslim women being spat at in the street � have been reported in Britain since the London bombings, writes Dipesh Gadher.

According to police sources, about 200 of these incidents are deemed significant enough to have potential repercussions within communities.

They include mosques being set alight in Birkenhead, Merseyside, Telford, Shropshire and Leeds... Beckley said police forces were 'busting a gut' to respond to the crimes and were making swift arrests in many cases. However, he remained concerned that 'a catalytic incident' could trigger something far more serious, such as a full-blown race riot."