Police investigate possible anti-Muslim attack after car hits pedestrians outside mosque
19 September 2018, 09:08 | Updated: 19 September 2018, 10:39
Police are investigating whether an incident in which a car hit pedestrians outside a mosque was an anti-Muslim attack.
Officers were called to the Al-Majlis Al-Hussaini Islamic centre in Cricklewood, northwest London, following reports that a car had collided with three people at around 12.35am on Wednesday.
Scotland Yard said the driver failed to stop and officers are "keeping an open mind as to the cause of the collision".
It allegedly sped off after a row with people outside.
Two men in their 20s suffered minor injuries and a man in his 50s sustained a serious leg injury.
The incident is not being treated as terror-related but police are looking into whether it was a hate crime.
Scotland Yard said that just after midnight security at the Muslim community centre "were informed of occupants in a car behaving anti-socially, drinking and allegedly using drugs".
It added that the people in the car, three men and a woman all in their 20s, were asked to leave the private car park.
"The car then drove near the centre and the occupants were involved in a confrontation with a large group of people visiting the centre," police said.
"Words were exchanged and comments of an Islamophobic nature were allegedly made by the group in the car.
"The car then reportedly sustained minor damage by some of those outside the centre. It proceeded to make off at speed colliding with three individuals as it left."
In a statement, a spokesman for The Hussaini Association, which organises Islamic lectures at the centre, said: "We are in deep shock at such an attack taking place on our community but remain proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society."
No arrests have been made.
:: Anyone with information concerning the car involved or the occupants is requested to call Brent CID on 07747 476 161 or 101 quoting CAD 150/29 Sept or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
:: You can also tweet police via @MetCC