Hounslow's first Muslim mayor has made defusing community tensions a major goal of his year in chains.

Nisar Malik, who runs a string of halal counters at Asda supermarkets, was sworn in as the borough's figurehead on Tuesday (May 26).

Councillors heard how he had arrived in London from Pakistan as a teenager in 1976, and after running a Heathrow import/export firm opened the butchers Haji Baba in Kingsley Road, close to Hounslow East tube station.

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