Pig’s head dumped in hate crime in Hemel Hempstead

Resident John Hall removed the head from outside the building

Police are investigating a hate crime after a pig’s head was dumped outside a building owned by a mosque.

The disgusting find was discovered by walkers outside the vacant Nash Mills Methodist Church in Barnacres Lane, Hemel Hempstead, on Friday morning.

The Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) support group has reported an increase in Islamophobia since the Manchester Arena bombing earlier last week.

The church has been empty for a decade but is owned by the Quwwatul Islam Mosque based on St Albans Hill.

Resident John Hall removed the head from outside the building.

He said: “It was a nasty thing to find. I’m not religious, but everyone should have the right to be religious without something like this happening.”

Terrence Collins, a Nash Mills parish councillor, said: “I know some parents were upset about their children seeing such a sight.”

Although no plans are yet in place for the empty building police said its location and ownership made it a hate crime.

Jhangeer Hussain, general secretary of the mosque, said: “Unfortunately there are people who will always want to do these kinds of things.

“All we can do is leave it in the hands of the police.

“There is sometimes a backlash, and that’s why the police are there and they can handle it accordingly.”

A police spokesman said: “Officers were called at 9.16am on Friday, May 26, to reports that a pig’s head had been discovered on the pavement in Barnacres Road.

“Due to the location in which it was found, the incident is currently being treated as a hate crime.

“Hertfordshire Constabulary takes reports of this nature very seriously. Call 101 if you can nelp.”

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