Chipping Norton mosque plans scrapped over alleged threat

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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.

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