Victory was being celebrated yesterday in the leafy avenues and Victorian villas of Camberley.

In a triumph for local democracy, a plan to build a huge £3 million mosque with two 100ft minarets, which would have been visible from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, was thrown out on Wednesday night by the town's councillors.

A thousand people from the affluent Surrey town queued to get into the meeting, some waiting for hours from 9am to get in.

They waved placards declaring: 'Camberley Says No', 'Hands Off Our Heritage' and 'We Want Justice.' When the result was announced, just before 11pm, there were jubilant roars inside the public meeting - and from the crowds outside.

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