Arrest made after fire at mosque in Newton Heath

A man has been arrested in connection with a fire at a mosque in Manchester.

At around 11.40pm on Sunday 16 July, police officers on patrol discovered a fire at the NASFAT Islamic Centre building in Newton Heath.

Officers established that a man had approached the premises and forced a window open before placing an unknown accelerant inside.

As part of this investigation, which is being treated as a hate crime, a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson. He has now been released under investigation.

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