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Man held after doors of Sikh temple set alight

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Edinburgh was targeted on Tuesday.

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Fire services outside the Guru Nanak Gurdwara (Jane Barlow/PA)

Fire services outside the Guru Nanak Gurdwara (Jane Barlow/PA)

Fire services outside the Guru Nanak Gurdwara (Jane Barlow/PA)

A man has been arrested after the doors to a Sikh temple were set alight in a deliberate attack.

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Edinburgh suffered smoke damage in Tuesday’s incident.

Police and fire crews were called to the temple in Sheriff Brae at around 5am. No-one was injured.

A Police Scotland statement said: “Police in Edinburgh have arrested a 49-year-old man as part of their investigation into a suspicious fire at the Sikh temple in Sheriff Brae during the early hours of Tuesday 28th August.

“Inquiries into this incident are continuing.”

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The doors to the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

The doors to the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

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The doors to the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

Members of the Sikh community condemned the suspected attack, and Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said he was “saddened” by the incident.

The gurdwara, situated in a former church, is the only Sikh centre in the Scottish capital, serving a community of more than 500 people.

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