Thornlie mosque attack: police invoke action plan to protect other Islamic sites


Inspector Tony Jeavons fronts the media.
Inspector Tony Jeavons fronts the media.

POLICE have invoked an action plan to safeguard Islamic sites across the Metropolitan area after attacks on a school and a mosque.

On Tuesday night, police were called to a vehicle fire outside the Australian Islamic College on Tonbridge Way in Thornlie.

Anti-Islamic graffiti was found on a wall near the burning vehicle, and three other cars were also damaged in the incident.

An accelerant was used on the car.

That followed an incident on Saturday night at Southern River mosque, where a pig’s head was left behind the front gate along with graffiti.

Inspector Tony Jeavons said police were working closely with Islamic leaders to allay fears and had stepped up patrols around susceptible targets.

“We have an action plan currently running through the metropolitan area where we are looking at a number of locations to increase our vigilance of those locations,” Inspector Jeavons said.

“Police teams are working with local Islamic leaders to provide reassurance and safety to the community and have stepped up patrols over a number of local sites, schools and colleges.”

“Investigations are determining whether these two incidents are linked.

“The police are putting all their resources into investigating both these incidents.”