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Attempt to burn down Harlow Islamic Centre

Crime / Mon 26th Aug 2013 am31 09:12am

Update: 1230 hrs

Deputy Leader of Harlow Council,councillor Rod Truan said: “This is a extremely concerning incident. We are in contact with the Police and the Islamic Centre to offer whatever help we can.

“If this is in fact an arson attack I know Harlow and all its faiths will stand together to deplore an act of this nature.”

Update: 1200 hrs

A JOINT press conference between Essex Police and the Harlow Islamic Centre will be held at 2.30pm.

1030 hrs

POLICE in Harlow are investigating possible attempts overnight to set fire to the Harlow Islamic Centre in Paringdon Road, Harlow, which we believe happened between 10.30pm on Sunday and 4am this morning.

Chief Insp Ed Wells said: “Detectives are investigating this concerning incident and there will be a significant police presence throughout the day to reassure all local residents as we seek to identify those responsible. We are working closely with the Islamic Centre leaders, thankfully the damage is such that it is unlikely to disrupt any scheduled prayer times”

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Harlow on 101.

It appears that a number of the entrances had been “sealed” with a form of foam but this cannot be confirmed at this point.

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