Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK have appealed to the council for planning permission to convert it into a place of worship. 

A former pub’s regulars are up in arms over plans to convert it into a mosque.

Muslim leaders say the site of the Wetmore Whistle boozer in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, is perfect for teaching, meetings and Friday prayers.

But those living nearby say it is an “utter contradiction” for Muslims who are teetotal to worship there.

Shop worker Sam Thomson, 24, said: “Muslims aren’t allowed to drink yet they want to go to a pub to pray.

“It’s an utter contradiction to everything they stand for.

“If a pub landlord wanted to knock down a mosque to build a beer garden they’d be uproar but it’s ok if it’s the other way round? Why?”

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK have appealed to the council for planning permission to convert it into a place of worship.

A decision will be made next month.