An Accrington mosque has launched its own ‘Youth Hub’ in the hope to reaching out to more young people.

The Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque, located between Grimshaw Street and Lower Antley Street hosted a special event on Saturday where council and police representatives joined mosque leaders to launch the new youth initiative.

Eighty young people attended the launch alongside the Mayor of Hyndburn Kathleen Pratt and members of the emergency services.

Waheed Ahmed from the mosque said: “The idea came about when we visited the Sultania Mosque in Breirfield. They have a dedicated play area for young people to attend on weekends and it helps to keep them off the streets.

“It is also a way we can help to tackle any anti-social behaviour issues in the local neighbourhoods.”

The Youth Hub is open to both boys and girls and is split into different age ranges. Youth groups will run on Friday evenings through to Sundays.

Waheed added “Young volunteers at the mosque will be running the clubs and members can find everything from Playstation 5 games to arts and crafts during their sessions. There is everything for all ages and groups and everyone is welcome.

“The kids were really excited to be attending the launch and we officially launch this Friday.”