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Police issue CCTV images after Shahjalal Mosque was burgled during Eid celebrations

By SMIC, Jul 2 2017 07:09PM

Police are appealing for information after a large amount of money was stolen from a Shahjalal Mosque in Rusholme.


At around 4am on Monday 26 June, police were called to reports of a burglary at Rusholme Mosque on Eileen Grove.


It is believed that after 9pm on Sunday 25 June, a man entered the building from behind, climbing onto the roof, before forcing his way through a window to get into the mosque.


The offender then broke into the locked office where he took a large amount of money and then left.


Chief Inspector Laura Marler of GMP’s City of Manchester borough, said: “This kind of crime is really disappointing. The people who regularly attend this mosque are shocked that someone has done this during the EID celebrations, in what should be a joyful and celebratory time.


“I am urging anyone who was in the area at the time, or who recognises the man in the CCTV image to please come forward, so that we can give peace of mind to the local community.”


Mr Mohammed Ashik Miah, Chairman of Shahjalal Mosque & Islamic Centre, said: ''We are incredibly saddened and shocked that a place of worship has been burgled.


“We would like to thank GMP for their prompt action and efficiency in dealing with the matter.


“We hope that the offender is caught as early as possible and justice is served.”


Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9770 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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