Three held over mosque arson attack

Three teenagers have been arrested by police investigating an arson attack on a mosque. Officers were alerted to the alleged incident at the Harlow Islamic Centre in Essex last month after locals discovered evidence of the attempt when they attended morning prayers.

 

Two 16-year-old boys and one aged 17, all from Harlow, have been arrested on suspicion of arson and bailed until October 30 pending further inquiries. A 28-year-old man from Harlow had previously been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with this incident and is also on police bail.

 

Detectives are still keen to speak to witnesses in connection with the fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Harlow CID on 101.

 

Closed-circuit television footage released of three suspects as Harlow Islamic Centre targeted in arson attack

Police have released CCTV footage of three men suspected of an arson attack on an Islamic centre. Officers were alerted to the incident by leaders of the Harlow Islamic Centre in Essex at 6.30am on Monday after they attended early morning prayers and found insulation foam sprayed under all of the shutters which cover the doors and windows.

 

Superintendent Trevor Roe said: “It is clear from the CCTV footage this was a premeditated, deliberate attempt to cause serious damage to the Islamic centre.” The three men come equipped to carry out the damage and also take everything they brought with them away again.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.