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Church leaders have written to condemn an attack on a mosque in Grimsby.
The leader of a mosque in Grimsby, which has been attacked twice in the past week, has thanked the local community for its support. Residents have been giving cards to Ahmad M Sabik throughout the day, who led prayers at the mosque this afternoon.
The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Peggy Elliott has condemned an alleged arson at a mosque in Grimsby.
"I can't believe people in the community would do such a thing but they are in the minority."
Councillor Peggy Elliott.
Police came across the fire at the Islamic Cutural Centre on Weelsby Road around 10pm last night. The fire was put out and no one was injured. Police say it is too early to speculate on the cause of the blaze. Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
People who use the mosque say they are lucky people were inside at the time to put the flames out or the wooden doors could have caught fire .
Footage released by the Grimsby Telegraph shows the aftermath of the arson attack on he Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre last night.
The centre was targeted while police officers were guarding it, following an incident last week when bricks were thrown through its windows.
Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell said attacks on mosques and other Islamic institutions were playing into the hands of terrorists who wanted community conflict.
Mr Mitchell told BBC Radio Humberside: "It's sheer, simple stupidity. I'm appalled and shocked. I didn't expect this in Grimsby.
A mosque chairman has spoken of the petrol bomb attack on the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre last night.
Diler Gharib was inside the centre with a young family when it was targeted by arsonists.
He told the Grimsby Telegraph: "We had just finished our prayers and were discussing how to thank our neighbours for the support they have shown us over the past few days when we heard a bang and saw fire coming under the door."
Two people have been arrested following a fire at an Islamic cultural centre in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
The arrests came after an officer came across the fire at the centre in Weelsby Road just after 10pm last night. The fire was extinguished and no-one was hurt.