'I don't have words to condemn this mindless, thuggish act'
A RACIAL equality campaigner who condemned an attack on a Neath mosque has praised the work done by its community to bring a derelict building back to life.
Taha Idris, chief executive of Swansea Bay Racial Equality council, condemned the vandalism on Tonna Mosque at the weekend.
The building, on St Anne's Terrace, was left with four broken windows following an incident at 1.10am on Saturday, August 10.
Mr Idris, who described the act as mindless and thuggish, said: "Tonna Mosque was formed out of great adversity.
"St Anne's Church was purchased and was brought back from death. It had been empty for years.
"The Muslim community of the Neath and Tonna area put a lot of effort into making that building useful. I don't have the words to condemn this mindless, thuggish act."
The building was turned into a mosque around 15 years ago.
At the weekend, Mr Idris urged the people of Neath to rally around those affected by the vandalism.
Some members of the mosque, who did not want to be named, said they had been left scared after the incident.
Mr Idris said it was a basic moral issue.
"From childhood, I'm talking about Sunday School onwards, everyone is taught to respect others and to respect other people's property," he said.
"We do not need to degenerate into a society where we're going around hurting other people who live among us, work among us and are just as proud of being in this country."
Police, who are appealing for information or witnesses, say the damage was caused at around 1.10am on Saturday.
Officers were at the scene on Saturday, questioning neighbours and passers by.
Councillor Cari Morgans, who represents the area, urged anyone with information to come forward, adding: "It's disappointing to hear about this, but fortunately nobody was injured."
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "Inquires are ongoing at this time."
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting incident number 103 of August 10, 2013.