Attack on Essex mosque

Essex Police have arrested a man outside a prayer centre in Braintree on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and attempted arson.

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Police investigate attack on Essex mosque

Just hours after the horrific murder of a soldier in London, a man has been arrested in Essex for an attack on an Islamic prayer centre.

Police had issued a warning against reprisals, after Drummer Lee Rigby was attacked by two men with knives in Woolwich.

Muslim leaders have condemned their actions, but last night a 43-year-old man was arrested in Braintree, on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and attempted arson.

No one was injured but Essex police are investigating whether this was a revenge attack.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tom Barton:

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Man arrested outside Braintree prayer centre

Essex Police have arrested a man outside a prayer centre in Braintree on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and attemped arson.

The 43-year-old was at the prayer centre in Silks Way.

The Braintree MP, Brooks Newmark tweeted that he met Islamic leaders in the area last night and thanked the police for their quick response.

No one was injured during the incident.

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