Plymouth Islamic Centre damaged in suspected arson attack
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Monday April 28 2014
West Country paper, Western Morning News, reports on £10,000 worth of damage done to a newly refurbished Islamic education centre in Plymouth in a suspected arson attack.
The local paper reports that Muslims arriving at the Plymouth Islamic Education Trust centre (Piety) on April 19 discovered “raw sewerage pouring into the street” after a fire damaged the building’s exterior wall and sewage pipes.
CCTV footage suggests that the damage was “caused by two individuals setting fire to wheelie bins beside the centre.”
Police have not classified the incident as a ‘hate crime’ with the paper reporting their position “currently no evidence [exists] to suggest there was any ulterior motive behind the arson attack.”
The Centre’s director, Mohamed Muganzi, told the paper, “I’d like to find out what’s going on in their minds and try to put it right.
“We work with all our community around us, we have open days, we have schoolchildren from the area come to visit, we work with government departments helping them understand about Islam, we host a number of community groups and have the Friends of Piety to ensure we’re working well with our community,” he added.