Finsbury Park Mosque arson attempt a hate crime, say police

Finsbury Park Mosque Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The suspect was reported to have been in the vicinity of the mosque on Friday before he was spotted trying to set fire to it earlier

An attempted arson attack at Finsbury Park Mosque in London is being treated by police as a hate crime.

A man was filmed on CCTV trying to set fire to the mosque at 20:25 GMT on Friday, before fleeing the scene on a moped.

Scotland Yard said the arson attempt in St Thomas' Road was reported on Saturday morning.

The suspect was described as a white man who was wearing a hooded top. No arrests have been made yet.

"At this early stage police are treating the incident as a hate crime," a Met Police spokesman said.

An appeal for witnesses has been made.

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