‘Islamic area’ anti-dog sign in Tower Hamlets park investigated by police
09:51 30 May 2014
A sign posted in Bartlett Park warning dog-walkers to stay out of “Islamic areas” is being investigated by the police after calls from a local MP.
Jim Fitzpatrick alerted Tower Hamlets police to the sign after it was discovered by a resident on Wednesday.
A picture of the sign reads: “Do not walk your dog here! Muslims do not like dogs. This is an Islamic area now.”
In his letter, the MP for Poplar and Limehouse said: “I have no idea whether this was posted by the EDL, Islamists or another organisation. Regardless, this is a highly divisive sign.
“I am writing to request an investigation. I would also like to know what the council is currently doing to prevent signs like this from appearing.”
Tower Hamlets police responded on Twitter, saying: “Thank you for making us aware. The material has been taken down and a crime report completed for further investigation.”
Borough Commander Dave Stringer said: “Bartlett Park does not have any history of community tension. However, we are investigating the posting of these signs and conducting additional patrols to ensure that community reassurance and confidence are maintained in the area.
“At this time we retain an open mind concerning the motive behind the putting up of these signs.
He added: “We will continue to work with our borough partners to ensure that Tower Hamlets remains a safe and secure place to live work and raise families.”
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