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At around 00:30am today (Thursday 27 October 2022), Greater Manchester Police were called to a report of criminal damage at the Islamic Centre on Sidney Street, Manchester.
Officers attended the scene and initial enquires suggest that a small group had vandalised the premises with graffiti.
Chief Inspector Wignall, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: "After reports of criminal damage at Manchester Islamic Centre, we have launched a criminal investigation to find the people responsible.
"We believe this incident is politically motivated linked to events in relation to Iran and several lines of enquiry are being explored.
"Positive action has taken place in recent weeks to provide reassurance to the local community and we will continue with our patrols to ensure people feel safe as we understand the impact this will have.
"Greater Manchester Police will not tolerate these acts of vandalism despite the right to protest and I would urge anyone with information they may feel will help to contact us."
Information and details can be given direct by calling police on 0161 856 6049, quoting log number 72 of 27/10/22. Details can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.