Appeal for witnesses - fire at mosque

Sat 8 Mar, 2014


Issued in association with Thames Valley Police

Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in Milton Keynes this morning.

Officers were called to the mosque in Manor Road, Bletchley, shortly before 1am after reports of a man seen acting suspiciously shortly before a fire was started at the rear of the building.

Officers carried out enquiries at the scene which led to them arresting a man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life shortly afterwards.

No-one was hurt in the incident.

The man, who is from the Milton Keynes area, remains in police custody at this time.

Firefighters from Bletchley and Great Holm were among the emergency services at the scene. They used a hose reel to put out the fire and a fan to clear smoke from inside the mosque.

Inspector Lee Brace said from Thames Valley Police said: “There is a scene watch in place at the mosque at this time while enquiries are on-going and officers will be carrying out increased patrols in the area. Anyone with concerns about this incident should speak to them about these.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who may have information about this incident, or who may have witnessed the event and be able to help with the investigation.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Thames Valley Police on the 24-hour Enquiry Line number, 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.