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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 November 2006, 08:40 GMT
Police force hosts Muslim summit
Delegates from South Yorkshire's 43 mosques will attend the event
Representatives of all 43 mosques in South Yorkshire are gathering for the first Muslim community conference hosted by the county's police force.

About 150 delegates are expected to attend the event, entitled Advancing Community Cohesion, in Sheffield.

Speakers will include Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, and Abdul Basit, the Deputy High Commissioner for Pakistan.

Top police officers will also address the meeting at the city's Mega Centre.

Speakers from South Yorkshire Police will include Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes, Ch Supt Matt Jukes, Rotherham's District Commander, and Supt Mick Maguire, head of community safety.

Building trust

"The idea behind this forum is to break down barriers and improve our relationship with the Muslim community," said Mr Maguire.

"This is the culmination of months of hard work between our department and the Muslim community to increase trust and understanding.

"We want to develop a cohesive community that shares concerns over issues such as stop and search, racist incidents, hate crime and anti-terrorist measures.

"This conference is not just about any one topic though, it's more about furthering neighbourhood policing, our partnership work and reducing crime and the fear of crime."

The event follows the first meeting between the police force and imams in February and a Muslim women's forum earlier this month.

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