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Police arrest three more men after ‘Muslim Patrol’ targeted gays

Police arrest three more men after ‘Muslim Patrol’ targeted gays

Police have now arrested three more men 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’.

In video footage posted on YouTube from the weekend (19-20 January), it showed a group calling a passer-by a ‘bloody fag’ in east London.

The incidents are thought to involve a small number of individuals and have been condemned by the Muslim community, including the local mosque that called it ‘utterly unacceptable’.

A 17-year old boy is being held this morning (25 January), in Walthamstow, north-east London, and is being questioned.

Yesterday, two men aged 25 and 29 were arrested and remain in custody at police stations in east London.

The three arrests follow a 22-year-old, who was held in Acton, west London, on 20 January and released on bail until 12 March.

The following day, a 19-year-old was arrested after he went to an east London police station and was bailed until 11 March.

Police are urging the victim in the video to come forward and aid the investigation.

‘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,’ a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said.

‘Patrols continue across east London to reassure local communities.’

Gay rights group Stonewall said: ‘This incident is yet another reminder of the homophobic abuse that gay people face all too often.’

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact police at [email protected] 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.