A break-in happened at the Abu Bakr Islamic Centre late Saturday night (October 21).

The police have confirmed that CCTV cameras were tampered with, and more than £1,200 in cash was stolen. 

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police, said: “Thames Valley Police is investigating a burglary over night at the Abu Bakr Masjid and Islamic Centre in Oxford Road, Reading.

“Unknown offenders have broken into the centre, sprayed over the CCTV cameras and then took over £1,200 in cash.

“An investigation is ongoing and we would appeal to anyone with information to please call 101 quoting reference 43230475094.”

A statement released by the mosque via Facebook states that "obvious damage was caused." 

The incident was immediately reported to Thames Valley Police and is under investigation.

The purpose or motivation behind the break-in is currently unknown.

The post from Abu Bakr Masjid said: "Dear members of the Abu Bakr Masjid community,

"We write to inform you about a recent incident that has occurred at our beloved Abu Bakr Masjid and Islamic Centre.

"In the early hours of Sunday 22nd October 2023, an unfortunate break-in took place at our mosque and obvious damage was caused.

"We understand that this incident may cause concern and distress within our community, and we want to address the matter openly and transparently.

"The safety and security of our mosque and the well-being of our congregation and madrasah students have always been of paramount importance to us. We immediately reported the incident to the local law enforcement authorities, who are actively investigating the matter.

"At this time, the purpose or motivation behind the incident is still under investigation. We are cooperating fully with the authorities, and they are diligently working to determine the facts surrounding this incident.

"In this difficult time, we invite our community to come together in unity and solidarity. It is during moments like this that the strength of a community truly shines.

"We ask that you continue to pray for the well-being of our mosque and for peace in our community. Your support, both in spirit and actions, is greatly appreciated. We would also like to advise other mosques and places of worship to remain vigilant.

"If you have any information that may be helpful to the ongoing investigation, please do not hesitate to contact the local authorities. Sincerely, ABM Reading"

The statement asked members to pray for the well-being of the mosque and for peace within the Abu Bakr circle.

They have also advised other mosques and places of worship to remain vigilant.