CCTV of temple arson suspect

Police investigating a suspected arson attack on a Hindu temple have released new images of a man they want to speak to. Officers were called to the Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple in Hillingdon shortly after midnight on May 28.

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'Senseless attack' on Hillingdon Hindu temple

A fire at a Hindu temple has had a significant effect on the local community, police said today, after releasing images of the suspect.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Kershaw, borough commander for Hillingdon, said:

This was a senseless attack on a temporary building used by those who attend the temple and had it been occupied at the time there is every possibility there could have been a devastating outcome.

I would like to reassure the local community that we are thoroughly investigating this incident and we are doing all that we can to find those responsible for this attack.

I would also like to thank them for the help they have provided so far, but to ensure that the person or people who carried out this arson are caught we still require the local community's help. There is every chance the answer may lie within the local community and I urge anyone who can help to contact us.

CCTV footage of Hindu temple arson suspect released

Detectives from Hillingdon are investigating a fire at a Hindu temple on May 28. Police were called to reports of a fire at the Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple along Cowley High Street.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Hillingdon police's Community Safety Unit on 020 8246 1766, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal for temple arson suspect

Police are appealing for anyone who can identify a man suspected of an arson attack on a Hindu temple. Officers were called to the Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple in Hillingdon, London, shortly after midnight on May 28.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Turner said:

Our initial inquires into this incident are still ongoing and we urgently require the public's help to assist us with this investigation.

The person or people who started the fire gave no thought to the fact that the Portakabin may have been occupied at the time. It is of paramount importance that we trace the individual who can be clearly been seen in the CCTV and I urge anyone who recognises him to come forward and tell us what they know.

We are also appealing for anyone who was in the Cowley High Street area and may have seen anyone acting suspiciously to also contact us.

This incident has come at a time where there are heightened sensitivities following the murder of Lee Rigby and whilst investigations are still ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of this incident we believe that the attack on the temple is not linked but we continue to retain an open mind.

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Images released of temple arson attack suspect

New images of a man police want to speak to after a suspected arson attack at Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple in Hillingdon, London. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Police investigating a suspected arson attack on a Hindu temple have released new images of a man they want to speak to.

Officers were called to the Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple in Hillingdon, London, shortly after midnight on May 28.

Police are appealing for anyone who can identify the man in the CCTV images to come forward, and to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious or people outside the gates of the temple in the early hours of May 28.

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Witness appeal after fire near temple

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a suspicious fire near a Hindu temple last Tuesday. Emergency services were called to the Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple along Cowley High Street just after midnight. The fire caused significant damage to a temporary building nearby.

"From our initial enquiries it would appear that the intended building in this arson was the Portakabin outside the Hindu Temple rather than the Temple itself.

"Nevertheless this is still an extremely serious incident which could have resulted in a fatality"

– DCI Richard Turner, from Hillingdon Police