Police probe '˜hate crime' fire at Edinburgh Mosque

A FIRE was started at the Central Mosque in Edinburgh in an incident described by police as a 'hate crime'.

Central Mosque

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.

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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.