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Identity sought for man over attempted arson at Mosque

News   •   Nov 29, 2015 17:32 GMT

[IMAGE: Officers are appealing to identify this man]

Police in Islington Borough have today, Sunday 29 November, released CCTV of a man they are keen to identify following an attempted arson at Finsbury Park Mosque at St Thomas's Road, N4.

The man was present outside the mosque at 20:25hrs on Friday, 27 November. The footage shows him approaching the mosque with a bag that contained a jerry can filled with petrol.

He attempted to set this alight before hurling it into the compound of the mosque.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a white hooded jumper, a white baseball cap and blue jeans. He is believed to have fled the scene on a moped.

This incident is being treated as an Islamophobic hate crime.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Smillie, the investigating officer from Islington Borough said:

"Scorch marks were found on clothing wrapped around the jerry can. This was a clear and deliberate attempt to cause arson. Although the petrol did not fully ignite, the threat and intent was obvious and the resulting fire could quite easily have endangered anyone inside as well as those living nearby.

"I would urge anyone who recognises the man in this footage to get in touch."

High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area following this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Islington CID on 0207 421 0262 or by via 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

The Met is committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms, and has long since recognised the impact of hate crime on communities and the hidden nature of this crime, which remains largely under reported.

Positive action is taken to investigate all hate crime allegations, support victims and their families and bring perpetrators to justice. The Met always seeks ways to increase reporting and work with a number of third party reporting sites, so that victims who would otherwise feel unable to approach police direct can report crime to non-police organisations and individuals such as TellMAMA for Islamophobic incidents and the Community Security Trust [CST] for anti-Semitic hate crime.

Victims of hate crime can also now report online via the Met Police website: https://online.met.police.uk/