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Mosque arson attack in Harlow

Members of an Islamic centre which suffered a suspected overnight arson attempt have said they are "very saddened" by what appears to be an anti-Muslim attack.

Police believe the incident at Harlow Islamic Centre in Paringdon Road, Harlow, Essex, took place between 10.30pm and 4am.

There had been a "concerted effort" to start the blaze by sealing entrances with foam so the fire would take hold, a member of the mosque said. Zia Rehman, the Islamic Centre's vice-chairman, said he suspects it may have been due to anti-Muslim prejudice.

Britain has seen a spike of hate crimes against Muslims in recent months following the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in south east London in May.


Man arrested over fatal Harlow fire

A 19 year man from Harlow was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, arson and burglary by Essex Police investigating the fatal fire in Harlow last October that took the lives of six members of the Shakoor family.

He has been questioned about his involvement in the burglary and fatal fire at Barn Mead, Harlow on October 15, 2012 and has been bailed until June 27, while further enquiries are undertaken.

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New leads in Harlow fire case

Essex Police say they are following up several new leads after a father, whose family was killed in a house fire in Harlow, made another emotional plea to help find those responsible.

Doctor Abdul Shakoor - who lost his wife and five children in the fire in October last year - appeared on the BBC's Crimewatch programme, which also featured new home footage of the family.

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New video released following Harlow house fire

Essex Police have released a new video as part of a fresh appeal for information following the death of six family members in a house fire in Harlow.

Dr Abdul Shakoor, who lost his wife and five children in the blaze in October 2012, made an emotional appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch last night.

The emergency call made by Dr Shakoor to the emergency services has also been released by police.

Dr Sabah Usmani and her children, Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Muneed, nine, Rayyan, six, and three-year-old Maheen all died when the blaze ripped through their home.

Essex Police say they have already received at least 25 calls following the BBC's Crimewatch appeal last night.


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Harlow house fire appeal on BBC's Crimewatch

Dr Abdul Shakoor's wife and five children were killed in the house fire

Police investigating a house fire in Harlow which killed six members of the same family have made a fresh appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme. It featured an interview with Dr Abdul Shakoor, who lost his wife and five children in the blaze last year.

The appeal also featured previously unseen footage from the night of the fire, which was recorded by the emergency services.

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Crimewatch appeal over Harlow fire

An appeal from a doctor who lost his family in a house fire in Essex will be shown on the BBC's Crimewatch programme this evening.

Dr Abdul Shakoor's wife and five children died in the fire at Harlow in October last year. Their deaths are being treated as murder.

Tom Barton's report contains a reconstruction of the events that some viewers might find distressing.

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