Police were called to the Townfield Mosque in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, following a disagreement outside the building. Officers in at least six police vehicles were called to Townfield House, in
Totteridge Road, at around 1.40pm amid reports of a “disagreement” between the mosque’s ruling committee and another group of people. But they then walked into the holy building without removing their shoes which goes against Islamic practice.
Worshippers can then be heard yelling at the cops for not taking their shoes off, which goes against the Islamic practice of removing footwear in a holy building. One of the cops in charge tries
explaining they were called to deal with the original altercation but a row breaks out. At one point, a cop gets on the radio saying people are being “aggressive”. The worshippers can then be heard
saying “get them out” and appear to round on the police officers. An announcement comes on over the Tannoy asking people to leave and references the police arriving with their shoes on.
The video shows people screaming angrily at the officers for not taking off their shoes as one of the officers tries to explain why they are there. Another male officer speaks on his police radio and
informs a colleague that people inside the building were being ‘aggressive’. No arrests have been made, and officers are carrying out an investigation into the incident.
Zafar Iqbal, former chairman of the Wycombe Islamic Mission, told the Bucks Free Press: ‘There was a lot of shouting but there was no need to call the police. ‘When they arrived there were around 400 to 500 people here for prayers so the whole road had to be closed.’
A Thames Valley spokesman said: ‘Officers were called on Friday at about 1.40pm following reports of an altercation at a mosque in Totteridge Road, High Wycombe.
‘Officers were responding to an immediate call for assistance and as a result, and to prevent any serious harm to individuals or any further outbreak of violence, officers entered the Mosque, and spoke
to people who were present. ‘An allegation of assault was recorded and officers are carrying out an investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made at this time.’
In Islam, worshippers remove footwear before entering a mosque to prevent dirt getting inside and to symbolise being clean before prayer. The video has since been viewed more than 134,000 times after it was shared on Spotted Bradford 1 on Facebook.