Savile Town mosque ransacked by burglars

TRAUMATIC: Ismail Patel, Suleman Adam, Imam Ibrar Khan and Kaushar Tai at Masjid Al-Hidayah, which was burgled on Friday night. (d22021215)

TRAUMATIC: Ismail Patel, Suleman Adam, Imam Ibrar Khan and Kaushar Tai at Masjid Al-Hidayah, which was burgled on Friday night. (d22021215)

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A CHARITY box was ripped from the wall and copies of the Qur’an strewn across the floor when a mosque was ransacked.

The damage was discovered on Saturday morning by worshippers at the Masjid Al-Hidayah in Savile Town.

Kaushar Tai, who sits on the mosque committee, said: “The whole experience is very traumatic.

“When they ransack the most holy book, it’s very upsetting for Muslims.”

The burglary is the latest in a series across Savile Town. Residents said six homes in Caledonian Road, Selborne Drive, Selborne Road and Hillcrest Road had also been targeted in recent weeks.

On Saturday evening jewellery, watches and a digital camera were taken from a house near the mosque in Caledonian Road.

Mother-of-three Shazina Haider arrived home at around 10.30pm on Saturday to find her house had been broken into.

She said: “It felt absolutely horrendous. They made an absolute mess of my house. It’s a complete and utter violation of our private space.”

Earlier that day Mrs Haider’s 10-year-old son, Ibrahim, had been helping to clear up the mosque after its burglary.

She said: “He has been quite upset and I have had to speak to his school about it.”

The break-in at Mrs Haider’s house was caught on a neighbour’s CCTV just after 5pm on Saturday, but police did not go to see the footage until Tuesday.

Mrs Haider said that the police told her no-one could be seen in the film, but she said two men were clearly visible.

She said: “I’ve spoken to the sergeant and I’ve said I’m quite disappointed. All they can do is apologise.”

A police spokesman said enquiries were ongoing and that officers had given crime prevention advice at a meeting on Monday.

He said the CCTV footage had now been collected from Mrs Haider’s neighbour and that the delay would be discussed with the officer concerned.

Call Dewsbury CID on 101.