Two men have been banned from the capital after being arrested in connection with alleged attacks at the East London Mosque.

They are both part of right wing group Britain First whose members visited the Tower Hamlets place of worship three times over five weeks causing unrest in the community.

The group was dispersed by police and monitored by the council’s CCTV as they left the borough.

Police arrested the two men on Saturday, April 9, the 52-year-old on suspicion of assault and the 41-year-old on suspicion of being equipped to cause criminal damage after he was found in possession of spray paint. Neither were from London or local to Tower Hamlets.

As part of their bail conditions, both have been banned from entering London or going within 250m of any mosque in the UK.

Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs, chief executive of Tower Hamlets Council Will Tuckley and representatives of the East London Mosque and the Metropolitan Police have since met to consider legal options to tackle provocations from Britain First, and ensure residents remain safe.

Mr Biggs said: “The hatred and division of Britain First has no place in Tower Hamlets. I stand in solidarity with all residents of Tower Hamlets, and particularly our Muslim community, who feel threatened by the provocative actions of Britain First.

“We must continue to send the strong message that Britain First is not welcome in any corner of our borough.”

The community leaders have rallied in support of the mosque and called for calm.

Executive director of East London Mosque Dilowar Khan said: “We must not allow groups like these to disrupt the positive community relations that are the hallmarks of Tower Hamlets.

“We urge residents to stay calm. This will show groups like this that we are united with our neighbours and friends in our respect for each other.”

Chair of the No Place For Hate Forum Reverend Alan Green said: “The people of Tower Hamlets are rightly offended by and angry at the abusive language and hateful conduct of Britain First in our borough.

“They seek to incite a violent reaction to justify their Islamophobia. Until this incitement is prevented by legal means it is vital that the whole community stands together peacefully.”

Residents can contact 101 to report issues to the local police. In emergencies, call 999.

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