UK police say no significant increase in anti-Muslim violence, despite vandalism reports

UK police say no significant increase in anti-Muslim violence, despite vandalism reports

[JURIST] The UK Association of Chief Police Officers [official website] reported Sunday that relations with Muslims in the UK were "reassuringly calm" [press release] in the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings, tentatively linked to Islamic extremists. Fearing public backlash, the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission [advocacy website] had recommended immediately after the attacks that British Muslims keep a low profile [JURIST report]. ACPO did note an increased feeling of vulnerability amongst members of the Muslim community, however, and Muslim groups themselves have reported a number of in anti-Muslim incidents, including vandalism of mosques in London, the West Midlands and Merseyside [BBC report]. BBC News has more.