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Police dive into canal to rescue 150 Islamic books… only to find they were dumped there on purpose


Police dived into an east London canal to retrieve 150 Islamic books – only to discover they had been dumped there deliberately.

It is thought a “well meaning” believer had put the books in the Limehouse Cut after misunderstanding the rules for proper disposal of the Koran.

Traditionally, people who need to dispose of Islamic texts are expected to put them in water to disintegrate, or to burn them – they should not be simply thrown away.

But this does not, of course, eliminate the need to comply with fly-tipping legislation.

Salman Farsi, a spokesman for the nearby East London Mosque, told the Standard the person who dumped the books would be “admonished” for breaking the law – if they could be identified.

“You can put books in water and hope the text kind of fades away and disintegrates,” he explained, “or burn them and put the ashes in water.

“I think it’s someone from our community who’s basically taken the wrong guidance on



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