Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent mosque fire suspects charged with arson

Regent Road mosque
Image caption The fire was spotted by CCTV surveillance staff who saw smoke coming from the mosque on a live feed

Two men have appeared in court after a fire at a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent.

Live CCTV footage showed smoke coming from the mosque in Regent Road, Hanley, at about 0630 GMT on 3 December, 2010.

Simon Beech, 23, and Gareth Foster, 28, both of Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, are charged with arson with intent to endanger life.

They were released on conditional bail by North Staffordshire magistrates to appear at the city's crown court on 1 April.

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