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Mosque Arson Attempt Suspects Caught On CCTV
Police have released CCTV footage of three men apparently spraying highly flammable insulation foam under the door and window shutters of a mosque in Essex.
The Harlow Islamic Centre was targeted in an apparent arson attack early on Monday and the attempt was discovered by mosque leaders as they arrived for morning prayers.
Security footage showed three men approaching the building on Paringdon Road, Harlow at 1:24am.
One of the men can be seen holding a drill and another what police believe to be a canister of insulation foam.
Later, the men leave carrying their tools away with them.
"It is clear from the CCTV footage this was a premeditated, deliberate attempt to cause serious damage to the Islamic centre," Essex Police Superintendent Trevor Roe said.
"The three men come equipped to carry out the damage and also take everything they brought with them away again."
No-one was hurt in the attack but there was some damage to doors and walls.
Police have asked anyone who can identify the men to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The mosque was set up 18 years ago when the Muslim community in Harlow grew in numbers and now serves a 2,000-strong community, according to the centre's website.