When approached by the British Pakistani Christian Association, event organisers of the Christian event the Islamic group refused to stop the chant being played. However, the provocative use of amplified Muslim chanting offended other local people many who were non-Christian and included local Muslims. Despite a clear indication that their use of an unauthorised PA was causing offence the Muslim group continued their use of the equipment.
When asked if they had sought permission for their event through the council the Islamic group originally said yes. They then later asked Mr Wilson Chowdhry Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, who was managing the collaborative Christian event, if he was from the council. After Mr Chowdhry explained that he was not a Council officer but had applied for permission to use a PA system in the town centre the Islamic group ignored any further conversation. Left with no further option Mr Chowdhry then duly contacted the local Police.
It would seem bizarre but not impossible that the council gave permission to the Islamic group to hold their stall and amplified Muslim prayers at the same time as the local Churches Christmas event. So this morning Wilson Chowdhry sought clarification from the Head of Licensing for Redbridge Council MR Ed Chaplin.
Mr Chaplin has quite categorically confirmed the local Islamic group had not sought any permissions and that the unauthorised use of a PA System by them will be discussed at an enforcement action, tasking team next week . He wrote in an email:
Due to the natural affront and the nature of exhibited fears by members of the public Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA, called the local police, who talked with the individuals involved with the Islamic stall. They allowed the men to continue with the stall but stopped the fractious amplified Muslim chanting which they deemed to be in poor taste.
Recently on the front page of the Ilford Recorder a Police whistleblower told Redbridge Council to take anti-terror warnings more seriously, yet they seem to be heeding none of the warnings (click here).
Wilson Chowdhry, also Director of A.A. Security Ltd, explained why he felt warnings were being ignored, he said:
Mr Chowdhry added: