The City Council is contacting local Muslim community leaders to offer reassurance that tough action will be taken against all hate crimes following reports of an incident at a mosque in Edwards Lane, Sherwood this week.

Notts Police have launched a hate crime investigation into the Sherwood incident leading to the arrest of two men on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences. They have since been released under bail conditions.

Councillor Toby Neal, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Customer Services, said: “All hate crime is taken extremely seriously by the Council and the Police. All reported incidents will be fully investigated and action taken against those responsible for any crimes committed.

“Nottingham is a place where people get along regardless of their background which makes it all the more shocking when hate crime takes place.

“The Council, Police and other public services will continue to work with all city’s communities to help keep people safe and together, and ensure they can continue to go about their daily lives without fear.”

Following the attack near Finsbury Park mosque in London earlier this week, Councillor Neal has visited mosques in the city to offer reassurance to the local Muslim community.

Anyone who is a victim of a hate crime is encouraged to call Notts Police on 101.