A BUS advertisement campaign to promote community cohesion in Newport, South Wales and the South West of England was officially launched in the city on Saturday.

The Mayor of Newport, Cllr Matthew Evans, joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) Newport to launch the campaign at The Holiday Inn at The Coldra.

The AMYA campaign aims to tackle Islamophobia and promote loyalty, freedom, equality and peace.

The president of the Newport chapter of the youth association, Saleh Baqi, said: "It was brilliant. There was a lot of appreciation from the audience and the guests."

Newport East AM John Griffiths has supported the campaign, which will also be rolled out on buses in Swansea, Bridgend, Cardiff, Bath, Gloucester, Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol.

He said: “The Muslim community in Newport has a long history of supporting tolerance and respect. The bus campaign is an important way of showing that these values are alive and well in our city.”

It was also attended by Gwent Police’s Mark Warden and South Wales East AM Mohammad Asghar.

For more information on the Newport chapter of the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Association UK phone 01633508308 or email info.newport@ahmadiyyauk.org.