Mosque Protest Investigation Continues

A police investigation is still going on in Portsmouth following a large demo outside a mosque.

Around 100 people protested outside the Jami mosque on Victoria Road North at around 5pm on Saturday (November 13).

A number of objects were thrown and a 20-year-old man from Portsmouth man arrested on suspicion of affray. He's been bailed until December 15

Detective Inspector Nigel Oliver, who is leading the enquiries, said: 

“This was an unusual event for Portsmouth and for the most part the demonstrations were peaceful.

“We are, however, pursuing those responsible for causing trouble and we’ll be dealing with them appropriately.

“Much of the evidence will come from footage of the protest and we’re in the process of collating that from various sources.

“We’ve got CCTV images but there were also a lot of people taking photographs and videos of the protest and I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has material that may help us.

“As part of our enquiries, we’re looking at links with the poppy which was graffitied onto the side of the mosque.”

Anyone with information is asked the Operation Picking investigation team at Fratton police station on 101 or 0845 045 45 45 from outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You can also call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.