Three people have been taken to court for allegedly running an illegal mosque in Blackpool. They are not the 1st Muslims to run an illegal mosque and they certainly will not be the last. This kind of thing is rife throughout the UK. Complete disregard for the laws of the land like they are above it. Take the Somalian centre that burnt down in Muswell Hill for example. The police said at the time it was NOT a mosque, it was a community centre. Yet the press all claimed it was a mosque and people who went there said it was used as a mosque. This would suggest it was an unlicensed mosque also. Anything could be going on or getting planned in illegal mosques.
Three to face court over claims illegal mosque set-up in resort
12 September 2013 09:34
Three people have been taken to court for allegedly running an illegal mosque.
The trio face allegations they breached enforcement notices relating to the Noor-A-Madina mosque in Waterloo Road, Blackpool.
The mosque is situated behind a frontage of former shops.
Blackpool Council is prosecuting the trio claiming they have carried on using the properties for worship despite being served a notice that it shut down.
The mosque has room for two hundred Muslim followers and contained the studios of Ghousia TV which broadcasts nationally, Blackpool Magistrates Court was told.
It has separate prayer areas for males and females and a washing area to prepare bodies for funerals.
The three accused are Syied Hussain Shah, 40, and his wife Taurraf Shah, 32, both of Waterloo Road, Blackpool, and Nadeem Manzoor, of Park View Road, Bradford.
Manzoor, who did not attend the magistrates court, hearing faces two allegations he failed to halt the use of the two-storey mosque as a place of worship in breach of an enforcement notice.
He is also alleged to have failed to cease using adjacent land for storage and parking.
Syeid Shah and Taurraf Shah both face four allegations, the court was told.
They are that they failed to halt using the mosque as a place of worship and failed to halt using land for storage and parking.
They face further allegations over the property and land brought under the Town and Country Planning Act.
Steven Duffy, defending the Shahs, said the couple needed a lawyer with expertise in planning.
Lynda Bennett, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said the planning authority alleges the buildings – mostly owned by Nadeem Manzoor – never got planning permission to become a mosque.
Magistrates agreed to adjourn the hearing for a month.