'Suspicious' Islamic centre fire

A fire at a Somali Islamic community centre in north London is being treating as suspicious.

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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


Police search land around north London mosque

Police have been searching the land around an Islamic centre in Muswell Hill, London after it was largely destroyed in a fire in the early hours of this morning.

Police officers searching vegetation around the Islamic centre in Muswell Hill, north London Credit: ITV London
Fire trucks at the scene Credit: ITV London
Firefighters stand near the damaged building of the Islamic centre Credit: ITV London
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Police working with community after Islamic centre fire

Police say they are working with the Somali and Islamic communities following a fire which caused extensive damage to a Somali Islamic centre in north London.

The cause of the blaze, which happened at 3.23 am on 5th June in Muswell Hill, is being treated as suspicious and the scene remains cordoned off.

"I have spoken to community leaders and assured them that a thorough investigation is being conducted.

"The safety of our communities is always our priority and we are consulting widely, offering our support and reassurance.All communities can be confident that they have our support and I can be contacted personally to answer their concerns."

– Borough Chief Superintendent Adrian Usher

Police added that are have been no arrests so far but urge anyone with information to come forward.

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