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Man held over Milton Keynes mosque arson attack

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an arson attack on a mosque.

Police were called to the mosque in Manor Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, before 1am today after reports of a man seen acting suspiciously before a fire was started at the rear of the building.

The man was later arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and remains in police custody.

Debris litters Winter Wonderland as it is dismantled

Debris including some of the gifts children received and packets from the cheap-looking Father Christmas costumes littered the floor of the cancelled Winter Wonderland event as it was being dismantled.

Some of the gifts the children received lie strewn on the floor.
Some of the gifts the children received lie strewn on the floor. Credit: ITV News
ITV News reporter Ben Chapman walks through the grotto as it is being dismantled.
ITV News reporter Ben Chapman walks through the grotto as it is being dismantled. Credit: ITV News
Packets from the Father Christmas costumes can still be seen on the floor at Winter Wonderland.
Packets from the Father Christmas costumes can still be seen on the floor at Winter Wonderland. Credit: ITV News
The event in Milton Keynes was cancelled after a raft of complaints.
The event in Milton Keynes was cancelled after a raft of complaints. Credit: ITV News

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Mother: Winter Wonderland event was 'a shambles'

A mother who took her little girl to the Winter Wonderland event for her birthday described it as a "shambles".

Lauren Smith told ITV's Daybreak: "It was a complete disappointment. We brought my daughter here for her birthday, expecting this spell-bounding and amazing, captivating experience that the website describe.

"It was a few toys, a few games, dogs in a little pen - I didn't see any reindeers - a santa's grotto that wasn't open and a tiny little ice rink that we couldn't skate around on."

Three stabbed at Swedish House Mafia concert in Milton Keynes

Three people were stabbed after a fight broke out at a Swedish House Mafia concert at the Milton Keynes Bowl last night.

Swedish House Mafia pictured at one of their UK concerts last year
Swedish House Mafia pictured at one of their UK concerts last year Credit: Reuters

According to Thames Valley Police, one of the victims, a 23-year-old man from the West Midlands area, remains in Milton Keynes General Hospital with a punctured lung. Another, a 24-year-old man, also from the West Midlands, received a cut to his head and arm but has been discharged from hospital.

A 23-year-old man was treated for minor injuries by St John Ambulance crew. Police say it appeared to be an isolated incident. They want to speak to a man described as white, aged in his early 20s, wearing a blue Nike T-shirt, a black jacket and black jogging bottoms in connection with the assault.

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