GWENT POLICE are investigating a report of a fire at a mosque in George Street on Monday, March 28.

A report was received of a fire at a mosque in George Street, Newport at around 5.25pm on Monday, March 28.

Officers attended, supported by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. No injuries were reported.

A 43-year-old man from Newport has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life; and he is currently in police custody.

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said: “We’ve launched an arson investigation following a deliberate fire at a mosque on George Street, Newport.

“Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and the fire was quickly extinguished by local worshippers. 

“Following reports, our officers swiftly attended to reassure members of the local community and begin our investigation. 

“The fire caused damage to the mosque, shocking and upsetting all those involved.

“At this time, we’re treating this as a hate crime. It’s never acceptable to target anyone because of who they are and what they believe. We will take action against those who commit this type of crime, putting the victim at the heart of everything that we do.

“Our specialist hate crime officers will be assisting this investigation and we’re appealing for anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.

“As our investigation continues, local residents will see additional officers on patrol, and we encourage you to speak directly to them if you have any concern.”

If you have any information, including CCTV or dashcam footage, please contact us on social media @GwentPolice or dialling 101 quoting log reference 2200102416.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.