A mosque leader who called for calm over protests by an Islamaphobic group has been commended by the police.

Ghulam Rabbani, generally secretary of Harrow Central Mosque, was recognised for his determination to help the community in the face of opposition from Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE).

The protests threatened to spark division and conflict between the borough's diverse communities but Mr Rabbani pressed for restraint from young people who felt under threat.

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