Man charged after fire at Sikh gurdwara

Man arrested after petrol bomb attack on Sikh gurdwara

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A man has been charged after a fire at a Sikh gurdwara in Edinburgh.

The 49-year-old was arrested on Wednesday and Police Scotland said he has now been charged over the incident.

He has also been charged in connection with a second fire at The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church in Junction Place which also happened in the early hours of the same day.

The man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday.

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Edinburgh suffered smoke damage in Tuesday's incident.

Police and fire crews were called to the temple in Sheriff Brae at around 5am. No-one was injured.

A Police Scotland statement said: "Police in Edinburgh have arrested a 49-year-old man as part of their investigation into a suspicious fire at the Sikh temple in Sheriff Brae during the early hours of Tuesday 28th August.

"Inquiries into this incident are continuing."

Members of the Sikh community condemned the suspected attack, and Scotland's Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said he was "saddened" by the incident.

The gurdwara, situated in a former church, is the only Sikh centre in the Scottish capital, serving a community of more than 500 people.