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Man arrested for Gurdwara arson attack – updates

Yesterday we shared news of a Gurdwara being attacked by someone attempting to set fire to the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara in Leeds. Here we share two statements today in regards to the arrest.



Official West Yorkshire Police statement

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Detectives investigating two linked arson attacks on places of worship in Leeds have arrested a man.

The 42-year-old was arrested at an address in Leeds last night on suspicion of arson in relation to the fires started at the front doors of the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque, in Hardy Street, Beeston, and the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara, in Lady Pit Lane, in the early hours of yesterday.

He remains in custody at this time and enquiries into the incidents are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are continuing to progress the investigation and the man in custody will be interviewed about the incidents today.

“We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries, including a detailed trawl of CCTV in the areas surrounding both incidents.

“We are still very keen to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious at either location or who saw any person or vehicles around the time the incidents have occurred between 3am and 4am.

“We are continuing to liaise with our colleagues in the local neighbourhood policing team who are maintaining an increased presence in the area and having regular contact with key representatives from the communities affected to keep them updated and to reassure the wider community.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 1318270739 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Community group Sikh Youth UK also spoke on the arrest and indicated grassroots investigations by members of the Sikh community helped flush out the culprit.

See their own statement here.

Sikh PA will provide further updates as soon as possible.

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