Cleric in Beating

A MUSLIM cleric was in a serious condition in hospital last night after being brutally attacked in a mosque. The 58-year-old imam, who has not been named, suffered heavy blood loss, damage to both eyes and had to undergo emergency surgery. The attack took place on Friday in London’s Regent’s Park mosque. The Met Police said it was keeping an open mind about the motive. But the Muslim Council of Britain has complained of a series of recent Islamophobic attacks across the country. A spokesman said: “There is clearly a growing anti-Muslim climate.”