Two men have been arrested after a series of incidents where a so-called ‘Muslim Patrol’ harassed gay men and others in east London.
In one incident, videoed and posted on YouTube, a small group is heard ordering a gay man to leave the ‘Muslim area’ in the borough of Tower Hamlets because he is a ‘fag’.
As GSN reported earlier today, incidents are thought to involve a small number of individuals and have been condemned by the Muslim community, including the local mosque.
The Metropolitan Police have just released a statement saying both arrests were on suspicion of serious assault and public order offences.
It relates to incidents ‘whereby a small group of individuals were seen to approach and harass members of the public at various locations,’ the police confirmed.
A 22-year-old man was arrested in Acton, west London on 20 January. A 19-year-old man, who voluntarily went to an east London police station on Monday (21 January), was also arrested.
They have been bailed but must return to an east London police station on dates in February and March. Meanwhile police enquiries continue.
‘The Metropolitan Police Service takes these incidents very seriously and is pursuing various lines of enquiry with a view to identifying and prosecuting the individuals concerned.
‘Patrols continue across east London to reassure local communities.’
Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact police at firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of DI Cliff Jones, DS Chris Bagshaw, DC Stacey Yarker or to report it to police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.