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CST helps secure mosques ahead of Ramadan with security training programme

'The Finsbury Park attack highlighted the potential vulnerability of mosques and exposed the risks for faith communities and their institutions'

    Shaukat Warraich, chief executive of Faith Associates
    Shaukat Warraich, chief executive of Faith Associates

    The Community Security Trust is helping to train mosques on security ahead of the month of Ramadan.

    The new initiative by Faith Associates called ‘Mosque Security’ brings together the CST, Metropolitan Police Service and the West London Mosque Forum.

    David Delew, chief executive of CST, said: “Religious communities up and down the country face varying security threats. CST has a long tradition of working with other faiths to improve their security, whether through advice or training, and will continue to do so whenever we can. 

    “When communities work together we are always stronger, and we are hopeful that this is a positive step towards deeper ties between our communities.”

    The first session was delivered at Hayes Muslim Centre to Mosque managers, Imams, trustees and community volunteers, last week ahead of the religious month of fasting whcih begins next week.

    Shaukat Warraich, chief executive of Faith Associates said: “The Finsbury Park attack highlighted the potential vulnerability of mosques and exposed the risks for faith communities and their institutions.

    “The Mosque Security training programme should help our institutions refine their approach to security.

    “We brought together partners from the Metropolitan Police and the Jewish Community, the CST, to share knowledge and experience in securing religious institutions.

    “Everyone’s desire to help, advise and teach was helpful, and the lessons we learnt during these collective sessions will help protect all our communities for years to come.”

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