Witness appeal after attempted arson at Finsbury Park Mosque

Police in Islington have released an image of a potential witness to the attempted arson at Finsbury

Police in Islington have released an image of a potential witness to the attempted arson at Finsbury Park Mosque. - Credit: Archant

An image of a potential witness to an Islamophobic attempted arson at Finsbury Park Mosque has been released by Police in Islington.

The man was present outside the mosque in St Thomas’s Road at 8,25pm on Friday November 27.

The footage shows him walking past a man who seconds later approached the mosque with a bag that contained a jerry can filled with petrol, attempt to set it alight and hurl it into the compound of the mosque.

Police say the man captured on the CCTV could provide valuable information and would like to speak with him as a matter of urgency.

Previously, police released CCTV images which capture the suspect, who is described as a white man wearing a white hooded jumper, a white baseball cap and blue jeans. He is believed to have fled the scene on a moped.


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The incident is bring treated as an Islamophobic hate crime.

Detective Constable Gavin Went, the investigating officer in Islington, said: “This man may hold valuable information to help us with our investigation. I would urge him to come forward and speak with officers.”

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

Anyone with information is asked to contact Islington CID on 020 7421 0262 or via 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org

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