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Guilty verdicts and prison sentences for the three men involved in the Grimsby mosque attack

The firebomb caught on CCTV Photo: Humberside Police

Three men have been sentenced at Hull Crown Court after the fire-bombing at Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre on 26 May 2013. Daniel Cressey, 25, from New Holland was on trial for four days at Grimsby Crown court after he was charged with one count of arson with intent to endanger life. Today he was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.

Daniel Cressey has been sentenced to 6 years in prison Credit: Humberside Police

Stuart Harness, who is 34, and 37-year-old Gavin Humphries both of Dixon Avenue, Grimsby, were arrested on 26 May and both charged with one count of Arson with intent to endanger life. They appeared at Grimsby Crown Court on 28 May and pleaded guilty. They were both remanded in custody until the conclusion of the trial of Daniel Cressey. Today Harness and Humphries were sentenced to 6 years each. The Judge told them to expect to spend 3 years in custody and the remainder on licence.

Stuart Harness has been sentenced to 6 years in prison Credit: Humberside Police
Gavin Humphries has been sentenced to 6 years in prison Credit: Humberside Police

"We welcome the sentences handed to the three men, who have been found guilty of an arson attack on the Grimsby Islamic Centre earlier this year.

"This was a very serious offence that could have resulted in people inside the mosque being fatally injured, thankfully nobody was inside at the time and only minimal damage was caused to the building.

"These three men took it upon themselves to react to incidents happening elsewhere in the country and retaliated by targeting the Islamic Centre. I am pleased to see that they have been brought to justice and taken from the street of North East Lincolnshire for a period of time.

"We have very good community relations with community leaders and I hope this now brings some comfort and closure to those people who regularly attend the Islamic Centre and for the local communities in North East Lincolnshire. Police will not tolerate incidents such as this and will work to ensure that the minority of people who wish to cause distress to others are dealt with appropriately."

– DS Stewart WATSON from the Serious Crime Team in Grimsby