A mosque in Whitechapel has been forced to close and evacuate after receiving a "threatening email". 

Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Whitechapel after the email was received. 

A spokesperson for the Met said: "Police were called at 15:02hrs on Thursday, 7 December after a threatening email was sent to the East London Mosque in Whitechapel. 

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"Officers carried out a search of the area and the building was evacuated as a precaution. 

"Nothing suspicious was found the incident was stood down shortly before 17:00hrs."

Further enquiries will be made into the incident that caused the mosque to confirm closure and cancellation of its mandatory daily prayer.