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Mosque arson attack: teens released on bail

Three teenagers arrested in connection with an arson attack on a newly-built mosque have been released on bail pending further inquiries, police said yesterday.

Staffordshire Police also confirmed that a number of items found during its investigation into the blaze in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, were set to undergo forensic tests.

Officers are treating the fire — and damage caused to a nearby gas main — as a racially-motivated attempt to cause serious damage to the mosque in Regent Road.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at around 6.30am on Friday after smoke was seen coming from the building, which did not suffer any structural damage.

Chief Inspector Wayne Jones, who has been overseeing the team of around 20 |detectives investigating the fire, thanked a number of people who have come forward with potentially vital information.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, and an 18-year-old woman were arrested on Friday but have been granted police bail while officers continue to investigate the incident.

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