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Mosque in Colchester targeted by threatening phone call one day after Christchurch terror attack

A man has been charged with threatening members of a mosque in Colchester just one day after 50 Muslim worshippers were shot dead in New Zealand.

John Thursting, who's 18 and from The Green in Clacton, will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court today charged with malicious communications.

Colchester Jamiah Mosque, on Priory Street, reported a threatening phone call to police at around 2.45pm on Saturday.

The teenage suspect was arrested the following day.

The call came a day after Essex Police pledged to increase protection of mosques in the county following the attacks in Christchurch.

Two mosques in the city were targeted, killing 50 people and injuring a further 30.

In a statement released after the shooting, Essex's Chief Constable BJ Harrington said:  "I was saddened to hear about the appalling events in New Zealand and on behalf of everyone at Essex Police I send sincere condolences to all those affected.

"Today we will be stepping up our reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faiths, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves.

"We have strong communities across the county who I know will be uniting following these events and ensuring that we stand together against acts of terrorism."

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