Theresa May promises to protect mosques after Finsbury Park attack


Theresa May has promised extra police resources to protect mosques in the run-up to Eid following an incident which saw a van plough into people near an Islamic centre in north London. Speaking outside Downing Street after the attack, which police were treating as terrorism, the prime minister said more must be done to crack down on anti-Islam extremism, and praised London’s multicultural community.

May later visited the Finsbury Park mosque, a few hundred metres from the scene of the attack. She was pictured sitting down with local community leaders to discuss the response to the attack. Such incidents, and attacks over recent months by jihadist attackers at Westminster and London Bridge, all challenged the UK’s fundamental freedoms in areas such as speech and worship, May said. “This morning we have seen a sickening attempt to destroy those freedoms, and to break those bonds of citizenship that define our United Kingdom,” she said.(guardian)…[+]