Two Arrested over Mosque Arson

March 25, 2005

Source: The Muslim News

On March 25, 2005 The Muslim News reported, "A 27 year-old man and a 17-year-old woman, both white, from Worthing, were arrested on March 13, in connection with the arson attack on Worthing Islamic Society Masjid Al-Islam in Ivy Arch Road, Worthing, West Sussex. They have been bailed to return to the police station on March 23. A worshiper at the mosque discovered the fire when he arrived for fajr (dawn) prayers in the early hours of Friday March 11. Arsonists broke into the mosque at around 11pm on Thursday March 10, and set fire to mattresses on the ground floors. No structural damage was caused to the 12-year-old building. However, all floors have been completely torched, forcing worshipers to perform Jum’a (Friday prayers) in the adjacent car park."