Chipping Norton mosque plans scrapped over alleged threat

Related Stories

Ideas are being sought for a new mosque venue in an Oxfordshire town after plans to use a vacant shop were scrapped following an alleged threat.

A unit in Hitchmans Mews, Chipping Norton was approved by West Oxfordshire District Council for use as a mosque on 4 February.

Its landlord Georg Wissinger said he had since received a threat that it would be "burnt down".

Town councillor Tahirul Hasan said a new venue was now being sought.

Mr Wissinger said: "I received a call saying if I went ahead with it, it would get very hot - I thought that meant it would be burnt down so I am no longer offering the shop."

Mr Hasan said he was "shocked" by news of the threat and added the Muslim community was "very disappointed".

Objections were received over transport and fire safety over the shop venue plan and Chipping Norton Town Council had opposed the proposal.

Mr Wissinger has not reported the threat to the police.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Oxford



Min. Night 0 °C


  • Member of staff at The National Archives in KewFree information?

    The reaction when 13 departments were sent the same FOI request

  • Andy Murray in action in the Australian Open semi finalTeam tennis

    Why it pays for players like Murray to have an entourage

  • Dippy on display in the Hintze Hall. Photo by Nathalie DiazFarewell to Dippy

    Your stories of the most famous dinosaur in Kensington

  • Motorists make their way over Hannahstown Hill on January 29, 2015 in Belfast, In pictures

    Wintry images of UK's most widespread snow so far this year

  • Composite picture of David Cameron and Nick Clegg on separate official visitsMarginal choices?

    New funds for your town - but is visiting minister after your vote?

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.