Council and Police act to ban extremist group from council buildings

Thames Valley Police assisted Slough Borough Council in banning a group with alleged links to a proscribed organisation from using all of its buildings two weeks ago.

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Officers accompanied staff from the local authority on a visit to Chalvey Community Centre in Slough, where they delivered letters to individuals who had gathered at the venue for a pre-arranged meeting.

The letters outlined how the local authority was withdrawing its consent for the use of its public venues by individuals or groups, after it was alerted to the possibility that there may be links with the proscribed organisation Al Muhajiroun or Muslims Against Crusades (MAC).

No arrests were made this evening and those in attendance dispersed peacefully following the visit.

Slough LPA Commander, Supt Simon Bowden, said: “Tonight’s activities highlight the Force’s commitment to intervening in activities which are causing concerns within the local community of Slough.

“We work closely with our partners at the council and local residents and take seriously any concerns about the spread of violent extremism and those who seek to radicalise.

Both Thames Valley Police and Slough Borough Council are committed to protecting communities from organisations which may seek to exploit them for extremist purposes

“This evening’s events were not enforcement activity; it was about effective community engagement. This activity is not about criminalising a particular faith or section of the community.

“If anyone from the local community has any concerns about tonight’s activity, or has any information in relation anyone partaking in the radicalisation of others or the spread of violent extremism, I would urge them to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone who wishes to discuss any of these issues should contact the Slough Local Neighbourhood Team via 101.

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