Perhaps unsurprisingly given the nonlethal nature of the shoe horn — a common household gadget to help the user put their shoes on and often made from animal horn or imitation plastic — a police statement after the incident said there were no injuries in the attack, and they were not treating it as terrorism.
Officers used Taser stun guns on the perpetrator and arrested him on suspicion of affray, taking him into custody.
The police statement made clear the shoe horn had been taken from the mosque, rather than brought from the perpetrator’s home. Police said: “Officers are keeping an open mind regarding any motivation for the incident. Enquiries by Westminster officers are ongoing.”
Footage from eye witnesses shot at the scene show the perpetrator on the ground, as officers shouted at bystanders to keep back.
The incident at the Regent’s Park Mosque comes just days after a serious attack on a mosque in Finsbury Park, where it is claimed police suspect and Cardiff resident Darren Osborne drove a hire van into a crowd of worshippers as they left prayers after midnight on Sunday.
There was one fatality and ten injured at the scene, all followers of the Muslim faith, although the Metropolitan Police have not yet confirmed whether the death was caused by the vehicle ploughing into the crowd.
The attack, in which the alleged perpetrator is reported to have shouted “I want to kill all Muslims” as he was detained, is the fourth terror attack in the United Kingdom in three months — three of which were executed using a vehicle as the main weapon.