Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guilford

Nottinghamshire Police has thanked the Muslim community for their support in following the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

With Ramadan starting this week, the stay at home guidance will have a huge impact on how the holy month is celebrated.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “We are in unprecedented times and the current situation has seen the closures of many places of worship.

“I know how important the mosque is for our Muslim community.

“The advice for Muslims to refrain from attending any mosques and to observe their prayers at home has been well received and supported, I thank you for this.

“I want to wish you a safe and blessed Ramadan Mubarak.”

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “The message for this Ramadan is clear: fast and pray at home and share Ramadan digitally, it will help save lives.

“Ramadan is about connecting to God through worship, reflection, compassion and giving back to others.

“It is important to use this time to reconsider, to reflect on the way we live our lives and the way we relate to our Creator, our communities and those in need.