Arrest made after fire at mosque in Newton Heath

Police investigating a hate crime at a mosque in Newton Heath have made an arrest.

At around 11.40pm on Sunday 16 July 2017, police officers on patrol discovered a fire at the NASFAT Islamic Centre building.

Officers established that a man had approached the premises and forced a window open before placing an unknown accelerant inside.

As part of this investigation, a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson. He has now been released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Walker of GMP’s City of Manchester Borough, said: “We are continuing to investigate this as a hate crime and are still working hard to establish the full circumstances around the arson attack.

“We are grateful to have very strong relationships and cooperation with different groups in Greater Manchester, and will continue to support the community that has been affected with partner agencies.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious at the time, or heard any kind of disturbance, please get in touch with the police, as you could hold vital information.”

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

© Greater Manchester Police 2018