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Battle of the Minarets: Surrey residents say a Mosque at Sandhurst is an act of provocation, their critics say they are racist
by Sue Reid
Victory was being celebrated yesterday in the leafy avenues and Victorian villas of Camberley.
In a triumph for local democracy, a plan to build a huge £3 million mosque with two 100ft minarets, which would have been visible from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, was thrown out on Wednesday night by the town's councillors.
A thousand people from the affluent Surrey town queued to get into the meeting, some waiting for hours from 9am to get in.
They waved placards declaring: 'Camberley Says No', 'Hands Off Our Heritage' and 'We Want Justice.' When the result was announced, just before 11pm, there were jubilant roars inside the public meeting - and from the crowds outside.
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