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The figures emerged within weeks of separate incidents in which an imam and a surgeon who treated Manchester bombing victims were stabbed outside a mosque in Cheshire and another in which a 14-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times in the face and neck outside a mosque in Birmingham.
Other high-profile cases of hate crime at mosques this year include the Finsbury Park terror attack in June, a Manchester mosque destroyed by fire in an arson attack in July and the sending of a white powder and bomb threats to three mosques across London also in July.
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Police forces recorded 110 hate crimes directed at Muslim places of worship between March and July this year, up from 47 over the same six month period in 2016.
Hate crimes targeting mosques across the UK more than doubled between 20, new figures have revealed.
While police found the powder to be harmless, Erkin Guney, a community leader at one of the mosques targeted by the letters, called the threats “heartbreaking”.
The Shacklewell Lane Mosque in north London, where Mr Guney is funeral director, has seen “attacks by the BNP, pigs' heads thrown at the door and buildings set alight” over the years since his father founded the mosque in the 1970s, he said. Now to worry that people are going to die on my doorstep is heartbreaking.
“We have to reduce terrorist attacks in order to reduce fractures in our community.” The latest data was obtained through Freedom of Information requests made to 45 UK police forces.
The figures, based on 42 responses, showed that 25 forces saw an increase in hate crimes directed at mosques in the past year – meaning that 17 did not.
“We have seen a rise in anti-Muslim extremism and far-right activity online, with a very slow, dinosaur approach from social media companies to take off hate, and an utter denial for three or four years that this was their responsibility.