Police investigate ‘hate incident’ after religious text thrown at temple in Bradford


The temple in the Barkerend area Credit: Google Streetview

Police say they are investigating a hate incident after a religious text was “maliciously” thrown at a Sikh temple in Bradford.

Officers were called just before 7.30pm on Saturday evening following reports that a Guru Granth Sahib Ji had been thrown over the locked gates of Guru Gobind Singh Gudwara in the Barkerend area of Bradford. The incident is thought to have occured the night before.

West Yorkshire Police said a hate incident was recorded after conversations with the Gudwara committee.

They say they are carrying out CCTV inquiries and are trying to find a white van that the perpetrators may have been using.

“Clearly this is an extremely distressing incident for the whole congregation and the wider Sikh community and we have recorded a hate incident.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in and around the area near to the Gudwara between 10pm and 10.20pm on Friday evening, who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously around the entrance to the Gudwara to come forward with any information.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have seen a white rental van near to the location around the time of the incident to speak to police. Our enquiries, including examination of CCTV are ongoing.”