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Arson attack on Milton Keynes Sikh temple flag pole

A flag pole at a Sikh temple in Buckinghamshire has been set on fire.

The arson attack took place in Leadenhall, Milton Keynes, on Tuesday when two offenders set fire to the fabric-covered base of the flag pole.

The flames quickly went out and while the flag was not damaged the fabric around the pole will need replacing.

Acting Ch Insp Amanda Blake said: "The Sikh flag holds great significance... naturally the members of the temple and the local community are very upset."

"There is no evidence or indication that this incident was driven by racial or religious motivation," she added.

"We will be increasing patrols in the area to offer reassurance and send out a message that this behaviour will not be tolerated in Milton Keynes."

Police want to speak to a cyclist who went past the temple as the offenders ran from the scene.

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