Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Chipping Norton mosque plans scrapped over alleged threat

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".

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