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Police offer £5,000 for information after Muswell Hill centre attack

PUBLISHED: 14:20 20 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:20 20 May 2016

Police have released this CCTV image of a car they wish to trace

Police have released this CCTV image of a car they wish to trace

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Detectives have today announced a £5,000 reward to help track down arsonists who destroyed a Muswell Hill community centre.

Police are appealing for information leading to the identification and arrest of the people responsible for the fire at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association on Coppetts Road in the early hours of June 5 in 2013.

Officers have released a CCTV image of a light-coloured Toyota Corolla Verso vehicle which was seen close to the centre immediately before the fire, and are keen to identify and trace the driver, the owner, or anyone with information about the vehicle.

Officers were called by the London Fire Brigade to reports of the fire at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association at 3.23am.

Police and the London Ambulance Service attended and two properties close to the blaze were also evacuated.

The fire, which is being investigated as arson, completely destroyed the community centre and it has since been demolished.

Graffiti reading ‘EDL’ was found on the outside of building and police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Specialist officers from the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command are leading the investigation into the incident and detectives continue to appeal for anyone with information to get in touch.

They would especially like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Coppetts Road on the evening of June 4 or the early hours of June 5 2013.

Chief Inspector Dave Lobb, of Barnet Borough, said: “We are committed to protecting our communities and are still seeking to bring those responsible to justice. I would urge anybody with information to call the police on 101.

“Despite the passage of time it is not too late to do the right thing.

“If you wish you can contact Crimestoppers, which is completely anonymous.”

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

- Anyone who can assist police should call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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