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Man sentenced for making threatening remarks at an Islamic book shop in Brent

News   •   Aug 03, 2017 10:34 BST

A man who made threatening remarks at an Islamic book shop in Brent has been sentenced.

David Moffatt, 39 (08.02.78), of Ivy Road, NW2, pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 28 July.

He was sentenced on the same day to a community order with an unpaid work requirement of 100 hours within 12 months and to pay £620 in costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

Police were called at 14:46hrs on Tuesday, 23 May to reports that a man had entered an Islamic bookshop in Cricklewood Broadway, NW2, and had threatened to blow the bookshop up and ‘kill the Muslims.’ After making the threats the man then left the shop.

The victim and witnesses described the suspect as wearing an orange high-visibility jacket and trousers.

Moffatt was identified as a suspect after he made an unrelated call to the police later the same day alleging that he had been threatened by somebody. Officers then noticed that Moffatt was wearing the same attire as the suspect from the Cricklewood Broadway incident earlier that day.

Moffatt was arrested at about 23:30hrs. When the allegation was put to him, he replied: "I’m not anti-Muslim, I’m Catholic."

Officers carried out enquiries, including reviewing CCTV in the area which placed Moffatt at the Islamic bookshop on the date and time in question.

Moffatt was charged on Wednesday, 24 May.

Detective Inspector Madeline Ryder, from Brent’s Community Safety Unit, said: "Hate crime is unacceptable and Brent’s Community Safety Unit is committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms, supporting victims and their families and bringing perpetrators like Moffatt to justice."

The MPS has long since recognised the impact of hate crime on communities and the hidden nature of this crime, which remains largely under reported and it stands together with policing partners, colleagues and groups to investigate all hate crime allegations, support victims and their families and bring perpetrators to justice.

The MPS would appeal to anyone who witnesses or suffers any hate of any type to immediately report it so that action can quickly be taken and catch those who are responsible.

Hate Crime can be reported through 999 in an emergency, by dialling 101 in a non-emergency, directly at a police station, through the MOPAC Hate Crime app or through community reporting methods such as Tell MAMA for Islamophobic incidents and the Community Security Trust (CST) for anti-Semitic incidents.