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Police 'considering' racial motive for mosque attacks

Humberside Police have said they are considering the possibility that the "mosque was targeted for racial reasons," but stressed that it would not be fair to speculate on this at present.

They said there was was "no suggestion" of a link between two separate offences - a fire at the mosque last night, and reports of youths damaging the building on Thursday.

Read the full police statement here.

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Police: Those responsible 'will be brought to justice'

The immediate response by officers, to both incidents at the Mosque on Weelsby Road in Grimsby, lead to a number of arrests being made quickly and investigations are underway by detectives from Grimsby Police Station.

I would like to remind people that these are serious offences which are being investigated and those who are responsible will be brought to justice.

It is important to remember that those people who have committed these offences are a very small minority and they do not reflect the vast majority of people who live in North East Lincolnshire.

– Chief Superintendent Tony Forbes, humberside police

Police: 13 arrested in Grimsby over mosque attacks

Humberside Police have made a total of 13 arrests following incidents at a mosque on Weelsby Road in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Two men, aged 33 and 37, remain in custody after they were arrested in connection with a fire at the mosque on Sunday night.

Another 11 individuals were arrested last Thursday following reports of youths damaging vehicles and the Mosque.

Six of those people have been released without charge, and four 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy have been released on bail until the end of June.

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Mayor condemns mosque arson attack

Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Peggy Elliott, outside Grimsby mosque Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.

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Grimsby MP: Arson attack plays into hands of terrorists

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.

These idiots, whoever they are, are playing directly into the hand of the terrorists.

– Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell

Mosque chairman describes petrol bomb attack

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."

I grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out and then two more petrol bombs hit the fire escape and the bin so I had to put those out too.

– Mosque chairman Diler Gharib

Two arrested over fire at Grimsby Islamic cultural centre

Two people have been arrested following a fire at an Islamic cultural centre in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, police said.

Humberside Police have arrested two people this evening, after an officer came across the fire at the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre on Weelsby Road, shortly before 2200hrs (Sunday 26 May 2013).

The fire was extinguished and no one was injured as a result.

It is too early to speculate why the fire was started, however anyone with any information who could assist officers as part of the investigation are urged to call the Humberside Police non-emergency number 101, quoting log number 778 of 26/05/2013.

– Humberside police statement

Police continue to investigate cause of family's crash

The funeral of the family killed when their car collided head on with a lorry near Grimsby will take place today.

Forty-eight-year-old David Cockburn and wife Angela, 48, were driving with their daughters, 21-year-old Carly Cockburn and 18-year old Bethany Cockburn to a dancing competition at Butlins, in Skegness.

Both of the girls had won dozens of trophies in freestyle dance contests, Bethany's daughter, Lacey Jade Stephenson was also in the car at the time of the crash.

Police are still investigating what happened on April 12 when the family's Nissan Primera hit a light goods vehicle.

The service will take place at St Johns Church, in Birtley, Gateshead, at noon, followed by committal at Saltwell Crematorium.

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