Group seeks a mosque site

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THE Islamic group behind the idea of turning a redundant Bury St Edmunds pub into a mosque is looking for other premises.

The Suffolk Islamic Cultural Association had floated the idea of turning The Falcon pub into a mosque and social centre, but the pub has been sold for housing.

Syed Haque said on Monday that an offer they made for the Falcon at £15,000 more than the asking price had been rejected.

They are now forming a Bury St Edmunds Islamic Association, of which he is chairman, to try to set up a mosque in the town.

“We are looking for other premises,” he said.

Muslim prayer meetings are held on Fridays in a rented room at the St John’s Centre. Mr Haque said having their own building allow prayers at any time and give them space for teaching and for meeting other faiths.

He asked property owners to call him on 07423 772999.