Counter-terror police investigate bomb threats sent to east London mosques

PUBLISHED: 16:03 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 06 July 2017

The Shacklewell Lane mosque received a threatening letter (Picture: Google Maps)

The Shacklewell Lane mosque received a threatening letter (Picture: Google Maps)

Google Maps

Bomb threat letters received by mosques in east London are being investigated by counter-terror police.

A letter was sent to the Forest Gate mosque (Picture: Google Maps) A letter was sent to the Forest Gate mosque (Picture: Google Maps)

Handwritten notes have been received by the Forest Gate mosque, as well as the Coventry Cross mosque in Bromley-by-Bow and Shacklewell Lane mosque in Dalston.

Pictures of the letters, which have been posted online by campaign group Documenting Opperssion Against Muslims (DOAM), show similar handwriting and suggest they have been written by the same person.

Those sent to the Coventry Cross and Shacklewell Lane mosques state that the writer will be “visiting” or “coming to your mosque”, while the Forest Gate letter is more explicit, saying an “explosive device” would be left there.

A spokeswoman for the north east counter terrorism unit confirmed that the police “received a number of reports of malicious communications and packages which have been received in recent days across London”.

She continued: “Specialist officers attended these addresses and the contents of the packages were examined.

“In all cases, the substances were found not to be noxious or harmful.

“These incidents are now subject to an investigation coordinated by the north east counter terrorism unit with ongoing enquiries to identify the origin.

“We are looking into the possibility that the communications are linked to a number of suspicious packages and malicious communications reported at locations in London, south Yorkshire and America and are part of an ongoing investigation co-ordinated by the north east counter terrorism unit.”

Latest Hackney Stories


Tottenham are preparing to face “the best team in Europe” on Saturday, but their manager is going to the Etihad to win


Clapton boss Jonny Fowell wants his side to get on a winning run to keep their chances of the Essex Senior League title alive.


Lisa Wilson spoke of her late son Tom’s decision to donate his organs this week as health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a new opt-out plan in England, writes Lee Power.


Leyton Orient look to avoid an FA Trophy giant-killing when they visit Haringey Borough in the first round on Saturday.


For this week’s Friday Q&A we have an old school Arsenal fan and passionate Trade Unionist Frank Radcliffe. There can’t be many Gooners still attending who went to the Winterslag away game but loyal Frank was one of them. Read on for his strong views on the club – as well as being held up at gunpoint as an innocent bystander by German police after Sergio Tacchini gear disappeared on a pre-season trip to Bochum in the 1980s...


Sadiq Khan was in Mare Street this morning to launch his new campaign tackling rough sleeping at St Mungo’s hostel.


England failed to cash in on centuries from Middlesex’s Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow as familiar problems persisted on a fluctuating second day in the third Ashes Test.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given his weekly press conference at London Colney. Read on for his views on injuries ahead of Newcastle United, the Arsenal Foundation, the latest on Jack WIlshere, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation and much more.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists