The row between Newcastle University and its Muslim students has escalated with another peaceful protest during prayer on Friday.

The Muslim prayer space in the King George VI building has been closed for most of Saturday and Sunday since it re-opened at the start of the new term, preventing students from fulfilling their five daily prayers.

Dozens of Muslim students gathered for an outdoor prayer on Friday to urge the university to abide by its Faith Space Policy, which states that prayer facilities should be open from 7am to 11pm every day of the week.

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