Hereford & Worcester

Redditch mosque on schedule despite vandalism

Vandalism at Redditch mosque
Image caption Windows have been broken at the new mosque

A new multi-million pound mosque being built in a Worcestershire town is on schedule to open, despite being attacked by vandals.

Last week windows were broken at the mosque, which is being built at in the Smallwood area of Redditch.

The police said they have given advice on security and have been on patrol with members of the mosque committee.

The project has cost £2.5m, 90% of which has been raised by the local community.

Abdul Rahim, from the Redditch Mosque Trust, paid tribute to the way the police had dealt with incidents of vandalism over the 10-year life of the project.

Image caption The Redditch Mosque Trust does not believe the attacks are racially motivated

He does not believe there is a racial motive for the vandalism and said: "I've been living here since 1977 - we don't have a problem with any people here."

There are about 2,500 people in the Muslim community in Redditch and Mr Rahim said they had outgrown the current mosque in Easemore Road.

The new building will measure more than 1,000 sq m (10,760 sq ft) and will have room for about 1,300 worshippers.

It is expected to open early in 2012.

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