Police probe Newton Heath mosque fire

Police probe Newton Heath mosque fire

Police probe Newton Heath mosque fire

An inferno erupted late last night at the Manchester Islamic Centre in Droylsden Road in the Newton Heath area.

An investigation is underway after a mosque in Manchester was targeted by a suspected arson attack.

Five fire engines were scrambled to the scene just after 11.40pm on Sunday. The official added there was no one inside the centre at the time.

Dale Corrigan, who lives opposite the mosque, told the Manchester Evening News: "It spread really quickly, it started on the right-hand side of the building and went to the roof and there was really thick black smoke".

"We are grateful to have very strong relationships and co-operation with different groups in Greater Manchester, and are working with partner agencies to support the community which has been affected".

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"There has been trouble at the centre before, but I've never seen anything this bad".

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... "We don't know how long it will take for the investigations to finish".

Mosque secretary Monsurat Adebanjo-Aremu told the MEN the mosque had been repeatedly attacked in the a year ago.

"We are investigating this as a hate crime which has damaged a place of worship used by members of the Nigerian community".

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