More than 50 places of worship in the United Kingdom have applied for the country’s anti-hate crime insurance program in the wake of the London and Westminster bridge terror attacks.
While applications for the program had closed in May, it was re-opened following the country’s spate of terror attacks, reported the Independent. The program provides funding for religious institutions to build protective fencing, cameras, and other security features around their buildings.
“People must feel free to practice their faith without fear of violence or abuse,” UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in a statement.
Rudd announced an additional £1 million in funding for the program to accommodate the additional 55 applicants, 25 of which are Muslim mosques. Nearly 60 places of worship are already enrolled in the program, and the Home Office Ministry devoted a Monday meeting to determine which of this year’s applicants are most eligible for the funding. (RELATED: Police Name Two Of The Terrorists In London Bridge Attack)
Fear of attacks in the UK has grown since radical Islamic terrorists bombed Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert in May and drove a truck into more than 20 pedestrians on the London Bridge in June.
The country also experienced an anti-Muslim terror attack in the wake the Manchester and London Bridge events when a lone man drove a van into a group of worshipers leaving a London mosque in late June.
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