POLITICS

Attacks On Muslims Spike After Woolwich Killing

24/05/2013 10:06 BST | Updated 23/07/2013 10:12 BST
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A member of the Mosque in Gillingham, Kent, boards up a smashed window after a man remains in police custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage.

Fears of a prolonged backlash against Muslims have intensified after dozens of Islamophobic incidents were reported in the wake of the murder of the British soldier Lee Rigby in south London.

The Tell Mama hotline for recording Islamophobic crimes and incidents recorded 38 incidents over Wednesday night, including attacks on three mosques, with more reported on Thursday.

The Metropolitan police put 1,200 more officers on the street on Thursday, with extra patrols deployed to mosques and religious sites as far-right groups reacted to the tragedy.