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Protesters scent victory in fight to halt Newham mega-mosque
by Ellen Widdup
Plans to build Britain's biggest place of worship — a "monolithic, overly dominant and incongruous" mosque in east London — are set to be thrown out despite 25,000 letters in favour.
The mosque, which could take 12,000 people — four times as many as St Paul's Cathedral — would be as big as Battersea power station and become the HQ of Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat. However, officers for Newham council recommend the plan is refused.
The sect, to which the July 7 bombers and shoe bomber Richard Reid have been linked, could now be forced to leave the Abbey Mills site altogether in Canning Road, near the Olympic Park, after a 13-year battle.
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