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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.

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Police probe motives after 'appalling' mosque fire

Police said they are attempting to determine the motives behind an apparent arson attack at an Islamic centre in Harlow, Essex.

Chief Inspector Ed Wells said:

Detectives are investigating this concerning incident and there will be a significant police presence throughout the day to reassure all local residents as we seek to identify those responsible.

We are appalled at the criminal behaviour of the individuals who last night tried to set fire to this building.

They appear to have set fire to foam at one of the centre's doors which has damaged the wall, but thankfully not taken hold of the building.

– Chief Inspector Ed Wells

Mosque leader suspects 'anti-Muslim attack' in Essex

One of the heads of an Essex mosque hit overnight by a suspected arson attempt says he believes it may be an anti-Muslim attack.

Zia Rehman, vice-chairman of the Harlow Islamic Centre, said:

We have been working very hard within the local community, building bridges, and we were hoping we wouldn't have this kind of problem, but in the current climate there are elements within society that are not happy and there are issues.

– Zia Rehman

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

Suspected arson attack at Essex mosque

Members of an Islamic centre which suffered a suspected overnight arson attempt said they are "very saddened" by the attack.

The mosque has all the hallmarks of a deliberate arson attack, police said. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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