Cannon Street Road attack classified as hate crime but not mosque related

Police are continuing to investigate the incident in Cannon Street Road on Friday where a man was attacked in the street.

Although detectives are now treating this as hate crime they say there is no evidence to suggest that the nearby mosque was the intended target.

“This was a horrible hate crime assault on a man going about his daily business,“ said Detective Chief Inspector Sean Channing. “Whilst there were initial Islamophobic comments made by this group towards the individual which are being treated seriously, I would like to make clear that at no point did the group approach any mosque or congregation in the area,”

“There is no evidence to suggest that the mosque near the area was the intended target. We are working to trace the three suspects involved and are appealing for anyone who was there or has information to get in touch.”

LBC radio apology

In an additional statement, police have said: “We are aware that this incident was incorrectly reported on LBC as an attack that took place at a mosque. This has since been corrected by host Majd Nawaz live on air.”

At 13:18hrs on Friday 15 March police responded to reports of an assault in Cannon Street Road.

On attending police officers were told by witnesses that three white men in a blue Ford Fiesta had made anti-Muslim comments to a 27-year-old Asian male before getting out of the car and attacking him with a weapon, believed to be a blunt object.

The three men then got back in the car and drove off. The suspects are all described as white men, believed to be aged in their 20s.

The victim was driven directly to hospital by friends. Although he had sustained a head injury it was not believed to be serious and he left without it being treated. Later on, the victim went to another London hospital from where he was also discharged.

The police investigation continues and anyone who took video of the incident and is asked to contact police.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3563/15MAR or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.