The signs read "You are entering a Shariah controlled zone. Islamic rules enforced" and state that smoking, alcohol, music, drugs, gambling, prostitution and porn are forbidden.
The Newham Recorder
said that residents of Stratford feel “threatened and intimidated” by the signs, and that police are working to take down the notices.
They have also appeared in the Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Newham boroughs of London.
The Daily Mail
reported that Anjem Choudary, the former Islam4UK leader, has claimed responsibility and stated that the papers will be placed in all 25 areas where the government has identified violent extremism as being a problem.
"This will mean this is an area where the Muslim community will not tolerate drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, usury, free mixing between the sexes – the fruits if you like of Western civilisation," the paper quoted him as saying
‘We want to run the area as a Sharia-controlled zone and really to put the seeds down for an Islamic Emirate in the long term."
reported that Choudary had announced in May that he planned to form Islamic “guardian angels” teams, but has now decided that “Shariaa police" would be better and he now has hundreds of people willing to patrol the streets.
Choudary previously said
that under sharia law in Britain anyone who committed adultery would be stoned to death and “anyone who becomes intoxicated by alcohol would be given 40 lashes in public.”