Former soldiers 'seen attacking Grimsby mosque'

Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre
Image caption No-one was injured in the mosque attack

Two former soldiers who attacked a mosque in response to the murder of soldier Lee Rigby were seen on CCTV throwing petrol bombs, jurors heard.

Footage of Stuart Harness, 33, and Gavin Humphries, 37, carrying two petrol bombs was shown in Grimsby Crown Court.

More cameras caught them launching the home-made bombs at the doors of the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre.

Both men have pleaded guilty to the arson attack, the jury heard.

Worshippers inside

The attack came four days after Fusilier Rigby was killed outside Woolwich Barracks, in London, in May.

A jury of eight women and four men heard how a number of worshippers were inside the mosque when the attack took place on 26 May.

They managed to extinguish the fire and Harness and Humphries were soon arrested as they were witnessed attacking the building by passing police community support officers, the court was told.

Excerpts of CCTV footage from the mosque and Harness's home on Dixon Avenue were shown to the jury on the first day of the trial of a third man, Daniel Cressey, 24, of New Holland, North Lincolnshire.

Cressey, who is Harness's cousin, is accused of driving the two other men to the mosque.

He denies one charge of aiding and abetting arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

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