Tonna, a quiet village with a reputation for caring and tolerance, has been shocked to the bone. It is a shameful, ugly stain on the local community. We will not tolerate Islamaphobia or racism in our communities. But I am proud of the two local residents who sought to restrain the young man during his attack on the Mosque. The fact that he turned and attacked them violently just shows what an unspeakably vicious incident this was.
I have spoken to the local Police Inspector and I am reassured that the Police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the man responsible is brought to justice and that such vicious racist thuggery is not tolerated. I am absolutely horrified at what happened and it just shows that racism lurks under the surface of even the most respectable neighbourhoods in our country. Politicians of all parties must provide a strong lead in fighting it.