Worshippers at a mosque in Preston have been left shocked after two attacks on it in the space of 24-hours.
CCTV footage has been given to Blog Preston appearing to show a teenage girl throwing a rock at the Jamea Masjid in Clarendon Street, Avenham.
During the incident on Wednesday (8 February) evening a group of three teenagers are said to have hit the door of the mosque with a metal bar and shouted ‘immigrants out’.
A second incident at 3.45pm on Thursday (9 February) saw an elderly man have rocks thrown at him by teenagers and abuse hurled at him.
A member of the mosque, who asked not to be named, said: “This behaviour is not typical of Preston. It is very worrying and concerning.
“We are working with the authorities to have these people identified.”
Preston Police confirmed they are investigating two incidents of alleged hate crime in connection with the mosque.
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A police spokesman said: “We attended two incidents. The first saw three female offenders involved, with one throwing a brick at the mosque.
“No damage was caused. It has been listed as a hate crime incident.
“A second incident saw a teenage girl throw a stone at the mosque and shouted abusive language at a man.
“Anyone with information regarding this should contact us.”
Log numbers for the two incidents are SA1701903 and SA1701962 and anyone with information should call Lancashire Police on 101.