Mosque arson suspect arrested

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with an incident at the Harlow Islamic Centre on August 26, Essex Police said. Islamic centre members said they were "very saddened" by what appears to be an anti-Muslim attack.

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Mosque arson attack in Harlow

Members of an Islamic centre which suffered a suspected overnight arson attempt have said they are "very saddened" by what appears to be an anti-Muslim attack.

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

There had been a "concerted effort" to start the blaze by sealing entrances with foam so the fire would take hold, a member of the mosque said. Zia Rehman, the Islamic Centre's vice-chairman, said he suspects it may have been due to anti-Muslim prejudice.

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

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