The counter terrorism unit is investigating several cases of letters with suspicious white powder being sent to Mosques and Muslim charities with racist messages across London.
The Counter terrorism police were called in on Wednesday after Mosques in Tottenham, Leyton and Finsbury Park received the suspicious packages.
One of the Letters sent to Tottenham’s Masjid Ayesha mosque contained a message saying ‘P**i filth’.
Muslim Labour Peer, Lord Ahmed, also received a similar letter which resulted in parts of Parliament being shut down.
Specialist police in hazard suits and and special breathing apparatus attended the scene and evacuated the mosque to examine the powder.
The Noor Ul Islam Mosque in Leyton, and The Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, also had ‘offensive language’ within the letters.
MP for Walthamstow took to twitter to send out a message to whoever sent the letters, saying: ‘Whoever sent E10’s noor Ul Islam suspicious package know I will press the police for the strongest penalties possible when you are caught.’
One worshipper at the Mosque said he believed the white powder to be chalk but also said ‘Someone somewhere is trying to send the Muslim community in the UK a message. And whether we like it or not Islamaphobia is real.
Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said earlier that since the Brexit vote complaints of
It came after Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe confirmed there had been a 52 per cent rise in reports of hate crime across London.
Police have now joined this investigation with the ongoing investigation with the counter terror unit in the North East after similar incidents in South Yorkshire.