'Suspicious' Islamic centre fire

A Somali Islamic community centre has partially collapsed after a fire police are treating as suspicious.

Over 30 firefighters were called to the Somalian Islamic Bravanese Welfare Centre in Muswell Hill in the early hours of 5th June.

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Police patrols stepped up after Islamic Centre fire

The Metropolitan Police are increasing police patrols in Muswell Hill tonight after an Islamic Centre was destroyed in a fire.

It happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, by lunchtime counter-terrorism police were called in to investigate.

Graffiti daubed on the walls of the Somali Welfare Association Centre appeared to link the attack to supporters of the English Defence League - although they've denied involvement.

Ronke Phillips reports.

Support and solidarity with Muslim community after fire

A Rabbi has expressed sympathy and solidarity with Muslim communities after a 'suspicious' blaze destroyed a north London mosque.

Speaking on behalf of the Jewish communities Rabbi Miriam Berger of the nearby Finchley Reform Synagogue condemned those responsible for the fire which is strongly believed to be racially motivated and offered support:

"We stand side by side in solidarity with Muslim communities at this time. As Jews we know what it is like to have places of worship destroyed.

"We cannot allow extremism and violence to triumph. There is no room for hate in Britain today."

– Rabbi Miriam Berger


'When and where graffiti was placed is inquiry focal point'

Police today confirmed the letters 'EDL' have been found daubed on an Islamic community centre which was destroyed in a 'suspicious' fire in north London.

Barnet Borough Commander Adrian Usher said police are in the very early stages of the investigation but when and where the graffiti was placed is the focal point of the inquiry.

Read more on the north London mosque fire here.

Boris Johnson slams 'cowardly' act of mosque fire

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has 'slammed' those responsible for the fire in a north London mosque saying there is no place for hate or violence in a diverse city like London:

"I was shocked to learn of the fire at the Bravanese Community Centre in Muswell Hill.

"There is no place in an open, tolerant and diverse city like London for hate, for prejudice, for violence.

"I would urge people to give the police the time and space to investigate this incident fully. I have no doubt the Met will bring those responsible to justice.

"London is a city built on the strength of its communities. Londoners will see this for what it is - cowardly, pathetic and utterly pointless."

– Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
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