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Elgin Mosque swastika vandalism investigated

Elgin Mosque vandalism Image copyright Elgin Mosque

Police are investigating after offensive messages were daubed on Elgin Mosque.

The spray paint incident at the mosque in South Street happened at about 23:00 on Monday.

The vandalism featured a swastika symbol and misspelt comments of a religious and sexual nature.

Police Scotland - describing it as "completely unacceptable" - appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Image caption Lansana Bangura said it was a worrying incident

Officers want to trace a man who was seen in the area at the time, described as white, aged 30-40, about 5ft 10in tall, of a slim build with short brown hair.

'Doesn't unscrew bond'

He was wearing blue jeans and possibly a dark hooded top.

Lansana Bangura, chairman of the Elgin Islamic Centre, said: "Well, of course we're worried. I mean, if we don't say that then we must be fools.

"We are worried but at the same time, you know, you expect things like that to happen, but I hope will not happen very often.

"But it doesn't actually unscrew the bond which we have with our community."

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Image caption The mosque is in Elgin's South Street

Det Insp Martin MacDougall said: "Crimes of this nature are completely unacceptable.

"There is absolutely no place for it in our communities and a number of inquiries are ongoing to establish who is responsible.

"We are in contact with the mosque and patrols will be increased in the area while our investigation continues.

"I appeal to anyone with information about this incident to contact police as soon as possible, particularly anyone who was in the area last night and saw any suspicious activity or people. Thank you to those who have assisted with our inquiries already."

Moray Council said its graffiti removal team had been sent in to remove the "deeply offensive" messages.

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