Three charged with Haywards Heath mosque arson

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The mosque in Haywards Heath
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The mosque was targeted in the early hours of the morning

Three 19-year-old men have been charged with arson following a fire at a newly-renovated mosque in West Sussex.

The fire at the mosque in Wivelsfield Road, Haywards Heath, was started in the early hours of Sunday.

It opened in November after being renovated at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The men, who were charged with arson, theft and causing fear of unlawful violence, appeared before magistrates in Crawley.

Josh Morris, 19, of Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, James Smith, 19, of St Andrew's Road, Burgess Hill, and James Everley, 19, of Broadwood Rise, Crawley, were remanded in custody to appear before Mid-Sussex magistrates via video-link on 17 February.

A 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of arson, theft and causing fear of unlawful violence was bailed until 29 March pending further inquiries.

Police were called at 0208 GMT following a report to the fire service that there was a fire in the ground floor hall of the mosque.

The fire had been put out by the time officers arrived.

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