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Islamic centre arson poster plea

Poster appeal
Officers are handing out leaflets on the streets of Luton

Police investigating an arson attack on an Islamic centre in Luton are in the town appealing for information about the incident.

The centre in Bury Park Road was set on fire on 5 May.

Officers were handing out posters to those who attend the centre and the local community to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

The posters show some of the damage which was caused to the building during the incident.

Witness appeal

The blaze gutted the centre but no-one was injured.

Det Insp Mark Upex said officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire.

He said: "The fire caused distress to those members of the community who use the Mosque and significant damage to the building that will take sometime to repair but it also put residents and members of the emergency services in danger."

He also appealed for two men who were seen helping extinguish the fire prior to police arriving at the scene to contact officers.

Mr Upex said: "These men mentioned to a local resident that they had seen others running from the scene and I believe they could hold vital information which may help this investigation."

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