A FIRE was started at the Central Mosque in Edinburgh in an incident described by police as a “hate crime”.
An object was thrown at the door of the Potterow Mosque just after 2am on Sunday morning.
It caused fire damage to the door and a small bush in the garden area.
Police have issued a description of a man they want to speak to.
He is described as a white man believed to be in his early 30s with very short hair, a short-sleeved black top with a white emblem on the front and dark trousers.
It is believed he spoke with a group of women in George Square before the attack.
Detective Inspector John Kavanagh said: “Fortunately no-one was injured as a result of this incident, but the consequences could have been far worse had the fire taken hold and spread.
“I would ask that anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the Mosque, or within the Potterrow area, contacts police immediately.”
Chief Inspector Mark Rennie, Local Area Commander for South East Edinburgh, said: “This was a despicable and reckless act, which we are treating as a hate crime.
“We have launched a thorough investigation to identify anyone involved and anyone who believes they have information that can assist with our inquiries is urged to get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.