Stoke & Staffordshire

Mosque arson arrest teenagers bailed

Regent Road mosque
Image caption Police said the gas pipe fed through the mosque window was "clearly visible"

Three teenagers arrested following an arson attempt in which a gas pipe was fed through a mosque window have been released on bail.

The incident in Stoke-on-Trent is being treated by police as a deliberate racist attack.

Officers were called to Regent Road at 0630 GMT on Friday after CCTV footage showed smoke emerging from inside the building.

A fourth teenager who was arrested faces no further action.

Police said inquiries were continuing although a forensic investigation had now ended.

"A number of items have been secured by police scenes of crimes officers which will now undergo a series of forensic tests to recover any further evidence which could help identify the persons responsible," a spokesman said.

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