Reward in ‘Hate Crime’ arson investigation by Counter Terrorism Command

CCTV image of the Toyota Corolla Verso seen close to the scene of 'hate crime' arson attack on community centre. image: Met Police

CCTV image of the Toyota Corolla Verso seen close to the scene of ‘hate crime’ arson attack on community centre. image: Met Police

Detectives from Counter-Terrorism Crime investigating a ‘hate crime’ arson attack that destroyed a Somali community centre two years ago have offered a reward of £5,000.

The fire destroyed a community centre run by the the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association in Muswell Hill in the early hours of Wednesday 5th June, 2013.

The Met Police say the reward is ‘for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the fire.’

Graffiti reading ‘EDL’ was found on the outside of building and police are treating the incident as a Hate Crime.

Specialist officers from the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command are leading the investigation.

Detectives have released a CCTV image of a light-coloured Toyota Corolla Verso vehicle.

This was seen in very close proximity to the centre immediately before the time of the incident, and are keen to identify and trace either the driver, the owner or anyone with information about the vehicle.

The fire in Coppetts Road completely destroyed the community centre and it has since been demolished.

Superintendent Paula Light from Barnet Borough Police said:

I have been amazed by the calm resolve and positivity that the communities in Barnet have shown in the wake of this incident. The support that people from all different communities, including Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, have shown each other in the face of such adversity has been truly remarkable.

We are still determined to identify the person or persons responsible for this act, and I would urge anybody with information to call the incident room or to contact Crimestoppers, which is completely anonymous – it is not too late.

Anyone who can assist police should call the Incident Room on 020 7230 3046, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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