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North West Kent Muslim Association deny Crayford mosque riots after Woolwich murder

PUBLISHED: 14:58 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:22 23 May 2013

Police activity close to the scene where a man was attacked and killed in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Police activity close to the scene where a man was attacked and killed in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

North West Kent Muslim Association denied there were riots outside Crayford Mosque following the Woolwich terrorist attack which left a soldier dead.

The soldier, who was believed to be returning to Woolwich Barracks, was butchered in broad daylight in front of shocked onlookers yesterday afternoon.

Rumours were circulating on Twitter that the mosque, in Crayford High Street, was going to be targeted but Syed Alam said: “I think the police were outside the mosque but I’m not aware of any incident.”

A Bexley police spokesman added: “Police attended two public houses in Crayford after complaints were made over some customers becoming vocal near to the mosque. Both customers and licensee holders were spoken with. Licensees were reminded of police powers to close premises and no arrests were made.”

Bexley police have also lent manpower to patrol the area around the murder scene.

The spokesman added: “Officers from every single borough were requested on aid to specific areas in case of any problems occurring.”

One of the attackers, believed to be Micahel Adebolajo from Romford, was videoed moments after the attack claiming it was justified because “Muslims are dying every day.”

He said: “You think politicians are going to die?

“No, it’s going to be the average guy - like you - and your children.

“So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace”

Members of the Bexley branch of the English Defence League were filmed clashing with police in Woolwich last night hours after the soldier was murdered.

Around 250 men engaged in brief skirmishes with officers across the large public square opposite Woolwich Arsenal station.

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