Stoke & Staffordshire

Multi-faith march after mosque arson in Hanley

Regent Road mosque
Image caption The mosque is still being built

Faith leaders from across north Staffordshire are to take part in a march as a show of unity following an arson attack on a mosque.

Five people have been arrested after a gas pipe was ignited at the building that is still being built in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Detectives believe the incident on 3 December was racially motivated.

Different religious groups will walk from the Muslim Welfare and Community centre to the new mosque.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, and an 18-year-old woman remain on police bail while two other men, aged aged 22 and 28, were arrested on Thursday.

Officers were called to the mosque at 0630 GMT on 3 December after live CCTV footage showed smoke emerging from the building.

They said a gas pipe had been fed from a nearby building through a window at the mosque.

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