Police in Scotland have released CCTV footage of a man setting a Muslim centre on fire in a suspected reprisal arson following the Paris terror attack. The video clip shows a hooded man breaking into Bishopbriggs Cultural Centre, which was registered as a mosque and known as Al Sarouk, at around 2.20am on Tuesday, November 17 – four days after 130 people were killed across Paris in Islamist attacks.
Emergency crews attended the fire and found the building severely damaged after it had been doused in liquid and torched. Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused, and following a joint investigation between Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the fire is being treated as wilful.
The man in the footage is described as around 5ft 10in tall and wearing a blue tracksuit, a hat with a reflective band at the back, and dark shoes. Detective constable Stephen Cooke, from Kirkintilloch CID, said: "This was a deliberate and dangerous act which has caused extensive damage to the centre.
"I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images to contact police as he may hold information vital to our inquiry. Anyone with information about this incident can call police on 101."