Police are looking for this man on the two London Hindu temple break-ins last week
By Barfi Culture Team
19th November 2018

London's Metropolitan Police have released this picture of a man they think is linked to the two robberies at Hindu temples last week, in Brent and Harrow.

They believe the robberies are linked and may have been carried out by the same person.

As Barfi Culture reported last week, a masked man stole three precious idols from the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Willesden, north London, just after Diwali and Hindu new year celebrations.

A few days later there was another break-in at the Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Mandir in Kenton, north London.

Hindu groups said they were alarmed and warned temples and families to be vigilant.

The Metropolitan Police said the timing, the proximity of the robberies and methods used to enter suggested both raids could be linked.

Detective Constable Pete Wallace called on Hindus to "keep a look out for religious idols that may be offered for sale" and urged other temples to take extra care when locking away valuable items, especially with the upcoming festival of Kartik Poornima, on 23 November.

The London MP Virendra Sharma said in Parliament the robberies could have been a 'hate crime' against Hindus.

The Met has also released an image of some of the stolen items, and urged Londoners to keep an eye out for them.

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