North East Wales

Rhyl Islamic Cultural Centre fireworks man sentenced

Rhyl's Islamic Cultural Centre Image copyright Google

A Denbighshire man has been given a 16-week suspended prison sentence after admitting a religiously-motivated firework attack on a mosque.

Keith Hall, 38, from Rhyl, pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated criminal damage at the town's Islamic Cultural Centre at a previous hearing before Prestatyn magistrates.

He posted lit fireworks through the letterbox in the attack on 11 November.

Hall was also ordered to pay £558 compensation, plus costs.

In a victim impact statement Rafiq Ullah, the centre's treasurer, told magistrates the damage could have been much greater had they not taken measures to improve fire safety after a previous incident.

Magistrates expressed surprise no-one else had been charged in connection with the incident after watching CCTV captured nearby in which a man and woman could be heard laughing and shouting "hurry up".

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