Mosque fire treated as 'hate crime' by police

Pauline Gross
July 18, 2017

The fire, which police believe was started when someone forced open a window and placed an "unknown accelerant inside", is being treated as a hate crime by Greater Manchester...

Worshippers say its the third time in a year that The Nasfat Islamic Centre in Newton Heath has been targeted.

A spokesperson of the affected mosque has been quoted as saying that they received a call at night saying the centre the being attacked.

"I rang the fire service but they said they were already on their way - they got there really quickly, the police were there within two minutes too".

"Hate crime is often under-reported for a number of reasons, but people should have the confidence in coming forward, as no-one should be the subject of hate and intolerance".

Damaged mosque
Damaged mosque

Emergency services confirmed that the fire at the Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre on Droylsedon Road was was being investigated.

Five fire engines were called to the scene of the blaze. She said people have also urinated outside.

"Half of the main mosque was destroyed in the fire", she said.

Mr Oladimedji said: "It has been seriously damaged - the police won't let us in. We don't know how long it will take for the investigations to finish".

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9770 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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