Urgent letters have been sent to the Bank of England's governor calling on him to investigate HSBC after it "arbitrarily and capriciously" shut down the account of Finsbury Park Mosque.

The mosque in St Thomas's Road is one of several muslim organisations in the UK to receive letters from HSBC last week warning them that they no longer fitted with the bank's "risk appetite" and their accounts would be closed.

The bank - fined £1.2bn two years ago in the US for laundering drug cartel money - gave no other reason.

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