MOSQUES in Pollokshields have hit out at fireworks thugs who recklessly attacked cops on Bonfire Night.

A joint statement was released by the four mosques in the South Side area by religious leaders who have condemned the attacks.

The statement comes after we reported that riot cops were sent in to control dozens of youths who set off fireworks randomly, which caused damage to windows and struck passing cars between Herriet Street and Albert Drive on Monday night.

When cops arrived, the young thugs threw fireworks and other objects at them.

A17-year-old was reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the incident.

The four mosques in Pollokshields include Taleem ul Islam on Nithsdale Road, Zia ul Quaran on Kenmure Street, Markaz al Noor on Forth Street and the Islamic Academy of Scotland on Maxwell Drive.

The statement said: “We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the actions of the last few nights in and around the Pollokshields area. Local residents, our friends, neighbours and our congregations have been subject to attacks, intimidated and made to feel unsafe in their own homes. The emergency services were also attacked.”

The leaders at the mosques also offered their pray to a three-year-old girl who was injured at a fireworks gathering in the community. The youngster was taken to hospital to be treated for her burns. Police Scotland said there was no criminality established in this incident.

The statement added: “These actions aren’t harmless fun, but are criminal acts and a serious risk to people and property. The fireworks used have been described by Police Scotland as “professional or industrial” and these were weaponised; used in running battles as well as targeting property and innocent bystanders.”

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