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Man Deliberately Sets A Norwich Mosque On Fire Before Disappearing

In the early hours of Monday, a fire ravaged the former King Edward VII pub on Aylsham Road that was being restructured into a mosque.

In the early hours of Monday, a fire ravaged the former King Edward VII pub on Aylsham Road that was being restructured into a mosque.

Following the tragic incident, officers have launched an arson investigation into the fire. The police confirmed that it was only the building that was damaged and no casualties had been reported.

The police said: “A man was seen to start a fire in an outbuilding before leaving the area. Police are investigating the incident and reviewing CCTV and would be keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information concerning it.

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“Witnesses should contact Sergeant Steve Harrowing at Norwich North Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 quoting crime reference 36/50641/20.”

It was reported that the building was meant to house the East Anglian Islamic Centre`s growing congregation, which is currently based on Rose Lane consisting of 250 members.

In a statement on Facebook, Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South, described the arson attack as “heartbreaking”.  He added: “I’m shocked and saddened to hear about the fire at Aylsham Road mosque and community cafe in the early hours of this morning.

“It is heartbreaking that anyone in Norwich would purposely cause such damage and hurt. They don’t represent the majority in our city. My thoughts are with the Norwich Muslim Community Association; I have reached out to them to offer my help and support wherever it is needed.”

The Norwich Muslim Community Association said that they were “devastated” by the attack. They extended thanks to the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the police for their immediate response to the alerts that were given by a passerby who first noticed the fire.

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