UPDATE: Fifth teenager arrested on suspicion of arson following fire at Islamic school

Police guard the entrance to the school.

Police guard the entrance to the school.

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A FIFTH teenager has been arrested in connection with the fire at the Islamic school in Chislehurst.

The 18-year-old male was arrested in Greenwich on suspicion of arson with intent on Tuesday afternoon, (11 June), and taken into custody at a south London police station.

He has since been bailed to return on a date in August 2013 along with the other four teenagers arrested on Monday.

A total of 21 firefighters were called to the all-boys Darul Uloom School, in Foxbury Avenue, at 11.43pm on Saturday evening after 128 staff and students evacuated the building.

Two of the students were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.

Speaking on Sunday afternoon, School principal Mustafa Musa said intruders started the fire in the school teaching area but did not say how the fire was started or if the culprits broke into the building.

He said: "We would like to show our appreciation to the police, fire and ambulance services and well-wishers who have responded and offered support in this time of need.

“The parents should rest assured that the students are safe and have been well looked after.

"The academic department of the school was set alight just before midnight by intruders.

“Initially the staff extinguished the fire and evacuated the students to safety.

"The fire and ambulance services responded rapidly and ensured no one was seriously injured.

“Two boys suffered smoke inhalation injuries but thank God they are recovering.”

He added: "We are part of the British community and are deeply saddened by the events that have taken place.

“We urge the community to stay firm and united and bring the people responsible to justice.

“The community at large have to come together for a safe and peaceful life in Britain."

The Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said today officers are now probing two ‘suspicious’ fires that have been started at locations within the Islamic community since the death of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on May 22.

On Thursday, an Islamic centre in Muswell Hill, north London, was burned to the ground and graffiteed with the EDL in giant letters.

Commissioner Hogan-Howe said: "These are difficult times for London's communities.

"The Met is now investigating suspicious fires at two locations within the Islamic community which have happened in the past few days.

"Fortunately no one has been hurt, but we know that fires can often prove fatal.

"So I want to reassure people that we are using our full range of policing tactics to protect sites that might be vulnerable.

"In all boroughs across London, there is an increased police presence around locations that might be at risk. We will maintain a 24/7 guard of uniformed officers at sites we consider to be at greatest risk.

"Detectives are working tirelessly to establish whether these fires were started deliberately, and if so, to catch those responsible."

He added: "We should not allow the murder of Lee Rigby to come between Londoners.

"The unified response we have seen to his death across all communities will triumph over those who seek to divide us."

Pupils were allowed to return to the school on Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation by officers from the Met police and by London Fire Brigade investigators.

‘Minor’ damage was caused to only a small part of the building and there was heavy smoke throughout the school.

Firefighters from Bromley and Sidcup stations had the fire under control by 12.37am on Sunday morning and left the scene shortly afterwards.

There is an increased police presence around potentially vulnerable locations in Bromley following the incident, including additional patrols to provide reassurance.

Bromley Borough Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Steph Roberts said: “Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the fire.

“At this early stage it is being treated as suspicious.

"We would ask members of the public to remain calm and not to speculate as to the cause of the fire.

"A full police investigation is ongoing."

The £3,000-a-year boarding school was established in 1988 with the purpose of producing "great scholars and Huffaz (people who have memorised the Koran) to preserve and transmit the eternal message of Allah."

It teaches 150 boys aged between 11 and 20.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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3:50pm Sun 9 Jun 13

Roman says...

Rumour has it that this is the same as the mosque that was fire bombed......the work of muslims to make them look like the victims after the atrocity in woolwich !!!
Rumour has it that this is the same as the mosque that was fire bombed......the work of muslims to make them look like the victims after the atrocity in woolwich !!! Roman
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4:26pm Sun 9 Jun 13

jay2180 says...

LOL..
LOL.. jay2180
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4:29pm Sun 9 Jun 13

floyduk says...

"Rumour has it"?

It must be true then.
"Rumour has it"? It must be true then. floyduk
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7:32am Mon 10 Jun 13

Elthamboy says...

How come when the attack in Woolwich happened everyone was quick to say 'you can't blame all Muslims' blah blah blah and yet when
This happens this is automatically assumed as the work of a white person and EDL/BNP sympathiser? I'd put good money on the person being involved not being a member of either of them
How come when the attack in Woolwich happened everyone was quick to say 'you can't blame all Muslims' blah blah blah and yet when This happens this is automatically assumed as the work of a white person and EDL/BNP sympathiser? I'd put good money on the person being involved not being a member of either of them Elthamboy
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7:35am Mon 10 Jun 13

Elthamboy says...

If this is a 'hate' crime then it shows you people don't think the Muslim community is doing enough. It's not enough now just to condemn things they need to start talking to their sons, nephews, grandsons, cousins and if they think they are a danger inform the police. Then they would really be making a change. I've noticed the extremists don't turn up to defend these places, only cowardly attacks like bombings or hacking an unarmed man to death when he's outnumbered.
If this is a 'hate' crime then it shows you people don't think the Muslim community is doing enough. It's not enough now just to condemn things they need to start talking to their sons, nephews, grandsons, cousins and if they think they are a danger inform the police. Then they would really be making a change. I've noticed the extremists don't turn up to defend these places, only cowardly attacks like bombings or hacking an unarmed man to death when he's outnumbered. Elthamboy
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10:04am Mon 10 Jun 13

8alllot says...

Isn't it about time these islamic centres intergrated into our way of life instead of clinging on to their old feudal religions. If you can call them that with all their hate preachers that trained the killers ofDrummer Lee Rigby............rip
. deport Qatada NOW!
Isn't it about time these islamic centres intergrated into our way of life instead of clinging on to their old feudal religions. If you can call them that with all their hate preachers that trained the killers ofDrummer Lee Rigby............rip . deport Qatada NOW! 8alllot
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1:13pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Dynamo1 says...

8alllot - that is a very good point. The children of the Darul Aloom do not or maybe are not allowed to integrate. This just builds up barriers and breeds distrust.
8alllot - that is a very good point. The children of the Darul Aloom do not or maybe are not allowed to integrate. This just builds up barriers and breeds distrust. Dynamo1
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3:46pm Mon 10 Jun 13

mouthalmighty says...

This attempted murder at the above school just goes to show that adults should be careful of what they say in front of the kids. Kids make up their own minds on how to tackle the problemstheir parents worry about, or show an intolerance to.
This attempted murder at the above school just goes to show that adults should be careful of what they say in front of the kids. Kids make up their own minds on how to tackle the problemstheir parents worry about, or show an intolerance to. mouthalmighty
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5:40pm Mon 10 Jun 13

cherished says...

mouthalmighty wrote:
This attempted murder at the above school just goes to show that adults should be careful of what they say in front of the kids. Kids make up their own minds on how to tackle the problemstheir parents worry about, or show an intolerance to.
Exactly, I've heard an 11 year old start ranting about Muslims and Lee Rigby. Ok so they might follow the news but I would suspect they are following what they hear at home.
[quote][p][bold]mouthalmighty[/bold] wrote: This attempted murder at the above school just goes to show that adults should be careful of what they say in front of the kids. Kids make up their own minds on how to tackle the problemstheir parents worry about, or show an intolerance to.[/p][/quote]Exactly, I've heard an 11 year old start ranting about Muslims and Lee Rigby. Ok so they might follow the news but I would suspect they are following what they hear at home. cherished
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7:11pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Oldchap says...

We don't know if this attack had any racial motive. It could simply have been vandalism
We don't know if this attack had any racial motive. It could simply have been vandalism Oldchap
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7:43pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Marty1979 says...

Oldchap wrote:
We don't know if this attack had any racial motive. It could simply have been vandalism
And I wonder if this incident had been at an "ordinary" school would it have received so much press coverage?
[quote][p][bold]Oldchap[/bold] wrote: We don't know if this attack had any racial motive. It could simply have been vandalism[/p][/quote]And I wonder if this incident had been at an "ordinary" school would it have received so much press coverage? Marty1979
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9:20pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Bunty says...

Oldchap and Marty, I agree with you both! As an old gel I wonder if we would get as much protection as this school has had should we get agro. including setting fire to our home? Having lived in East London I very much doubt it! Always the muslim trouble makers getting the police on their side! They must have a degree of paranoia to be kicking up such a fuss! Could have been a student smoking in bed! 18 is a bit old for students to be at school and don't think much of the curriculum!
Oldchap and Marty, I agree with you both! As an old gel I wonder if we would get as much protection as this school has had should we get agro. including setting fire to our home? Having lived in East London I very much doubt it! Always the muslim trouble makers getting the police on their side! They must have a degree of paranoia to be kicking up such a fuss! Could have been a student smoking in bed! 18 is a bit old for students to be at school and don't think much of the curriculum! Bunty
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10:39pm Mon 10 Jun 13

fatboy2000 says...

Haven't heard anyone that's been arrested for the islam spray painting on our war memorials!!!!!!! This country has a lot to learn, our government needs to pull their finger outta their
a*!e, get a back bone and grow a pair! stop letting immigrants ,cult's and religion rule the roost in this country. Its way overdue that you woke up & smelt the coffee. The country is full of do gooders, that's why were in turmoil!!
stop pis!*ng about & get it sorted.
Haven't heard anyone that's been arrested for the islam spray painting on our war memorials!!!!!!! This country has a lot to learn, our government needs to pull their finger outta their a*!e, get a back bone and grow a pair! stop letting immigrants ,cult's and religion rule the roost in this country. Its way overdue that you woke up & smelt the coffee. The country is full of do gooders, that's why were in turmoil!! stop pis!*ng about & get it sorted. fatboy2000
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11:57am Tue 11 Jun 13

toomush2drink says...

When i see so called normal muslims out on the streets protesting about the extremists who kill only then will i believe they really do not want to change our way of life.

Every country in the world islam is getting stronger in has problems now, it doesnt take much to work out where the trouble is starting.

Turkey,somalia,eygpt
,syria,israel,
belgium,holland and it goes on and on.

The religion of peace that causes problems everywhere it goes....

The government needs to stop messing about and draw the line before they start wanting sharia law across the whole of the uk.This is happening in belgium,turkey,eygpt and other places bit by bit.

Im not religious so i really do have a problem when i see others trying to make me live by the way of THEIR religion.

How come all those Sharia law posters in the eastend dont get removed ? I challenge anyone to go around and remove them and see how peaceful islam really is firsthand.

Best not be gay either, ive seen a colleague get abused by these so called peaceful muslims because she is openingly gay.

The country has had enough of the one way treatment where someone posts something against islam on twitter and they get arrested yet an islamic sex gang just get called a sex gang even though they systematically targetted white girls which makes it racist beyond belief.

Yet say anything against islam and you are a racist yet its not a race its a religion.

We are only going to see more and more of these types of attacks because the people have had enough of hate preachers going on tv and rubbing our noses in it.

We know they are hate preachers and so do normal muslims but they still let them use their mosques dont they ?

Salmon Rushdies was on the money all those years ago and they tried to kill him, enough said.
When i see so called normal muslims out on the streets protesting about the extremists who kill only then will i believe they really do not want to change our way of life. Every country in the world islam is getting stronger in has problems now, it doesnt take much to work out where the trouble is starting. Turkey,somalia,eygpt ,syria,israel, belgium,holland and it goes on and on. The religion of peace that causes problems everywhere it goes.... The government needs to stop messing about and draw the line before they start wanting sharia law across the whole of the uk.This is happening in belgium,turkey,eygpt and other places bit by bit. Im not religious so i really do have a problem when i see others trying to make me live by the way of THEIR religion. How come all those Sharia law posters in the eastend dont get removed ? I challenge anyone to go around and remove them and see how peaceful islam really is firsthand. Best not be gay either, ive seen a colleague get abused by these so called peaceful muslims because she is openingly gay. The country has had enough of the one way treatment where someone posts something against islam on twitter and they get arrested yet an islamic sex gang just get called a sex gang even though they systematically targetted white girls which makes it racist beyond belief. Yet say anything against islam and you are a racist yet its not a race its a religion. We are only going to see more and more of these types of attacks because the people have had enough of hate preachers going on tv and rubbing our noses in it. We know they are hate preachers and so do normal muslims but they still let them use their mosques dont they ? Salmon Rushdies was on the money all those years ago and they tried to kill him, enough said. toomush2drink
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7:16am Wed 12 Jun 13

Marty1979 says...

the_changing_man wrote:
Elthamboy wrote:
How come when the attack in Woolwich happened everyone was quick to say 'you can't blame all Muslims' blah blah blah and yet when This happens this is automatically assumed as the work of a white person and EDL/BNP sympathiser? I'd put good money on the person being involved not being a member of either of them
Eltham "Boy" when you grow up to become a "man" hopefully you will have matured enough by then to realise that offically registered political parties in the United Kingdom do NOT go around setting buildings on fire!
You really are a thicko to suggest what you have on here

The political parties of Labour, started a war in muslim countries and likewise the Conservative/Liberal Democrat parties have continued to carry through their wars in muslim countries killing and hurting muslims and enraging British muslims.......NOT the BNP who have actively opposed these wars!
If you cannot engage your tiny brain before passing ridiculous comments, then i suggest you take up another hobby!
His comment was that he'd bet the culprits are not members of EDL or BNP - so your comments are more ridiculous than his
[quote][p][bold]the_changing_man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Elthamboy[/bold] wrote: How come when the attack in Woolwich happened everyone was quick to say 'you can't blame all Muslims' blah blah blah and yet when This happens this is automatically assumed as the work of a white person and EDL/BNP sympathiser? I'd put good money on the person being involved not being a member of either of them[/p][/quote]Eltham "Boy" when you grow up to become a "man" hopefully you will have matured enough by then to realise that offically registered political parties in the United Kingdom do NOT go around setting buildings on fire! You really are a thicko to suggest what you have on here The political parties of Labour, started a war in muslim countries and likewise the Conservative/Liberal Democrat parties have continued to carry through their wars in muslim countries killing and hurting muslims and enraging British muslims.......NOT the BNP who have actively opposed these wars! If you cannot engage your tiny brain before passing ridiculous comments, then i suggest you take up another hobby![/p][/quote]His comment was that he'd bet the culprits are not members of EDL or BNP - so your comments are more ridiculous than his Marty1979
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1:30pm Wed 12 Jun 13

biosci100 says...

The culprits of this act are the terrorists. They should be dealt with appropriately and not released on bail.
But then here are the double standards. When a Muslim commits an act of terror regardless of their age their names are leaked to the press and are locked up whilst if it is a white man they are released on bail and no-one knows who they are.
All culprits of terrorist acts should be dealt with by the full force of the law. However there should not be one rule for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.
The culprits of this act are the terrorists. They should be dealt with appropriately and not released on bail. But then here are the double standards. When a Muslim commits an act of terror regardless of their age their names are leaked to the press and are locked up whilst if it is a white man they are released on bail and no-one knows who they are. All culprits of terrorist acts should be dealt with by the full force of the law. However there should not be one rule for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. biosci100
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2:39pm Wed 12 Jun 13

toomush2drink says...

biosci100 wrote:
The culprits of this act are the terrorists. They should be dealt with appropriately and not released on bail.
But then here are the double standards. When a Muslim commits an act of terror regardless of their age their names are leaked to the press and are locked up whilst if it is a white man they are released on bail and no-one knows who they are.
All culprits of terrorist acts should be dealt with by the full force of the law. However there should not be one rule for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.
When was the last white terrorist attack in this country then ?

Or you can ignore the very important fact that all of the recent attacks by terrorists happened to be muslim.

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/uknews/t
errorism-in-the-uk/1
0110100/Judge-attack
s-tide-of-online-ext
remism-as-he-jails-t
error-group.html
[quote][p][bold]biosci100[/bold] wrote: The culprits of this act are the terrorists. They should be dealt with appropriately and not released on bail. But then here are the double standards. When a Muslim commits an act of terror regardless of their age their names are leaked to the press and are locked up whilst if it is a white man they are released on bail and no-one knows who they are. All culprits of terrorist acts should be dealt with by the full force of the law. However there should not be one rule for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.[/p][/quote]When was the last white terrorist attack in this country then ? Or you can ignore the very important fact that all of the recent attacks by terrorists happened to be muslim. http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/uknews/t errorism-in-the-uk/1 0110100/Judge-attack s-tide-of-online-ext remism-as-he-jails-t error-group.html toomush2drink
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3:17pm Wed 12 Jun 13

ho_ho_ho says...

biosci100 wrote:
The culprits of this act are the terrorists. They should be dealt with appropriately and not released on bail.
But then here are the double standards. When a Muslim commits an act of terror regardless of their age their names are leaked to the press and are locked up whilst if it is a white man they are released on bail and no-one knows who they are.
All culprits of terrorist acts should be dealt with by the full force of the law. However there should not be one rule for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.
What's a non-muslim?

I think your confused with the phrase "normal" or "ordinary" people.

Being a muslim isn't normal. Not being one is.

No doubt you go around talking about disabled and non-disabled, when the term is able bodied.

While I'm at it. Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. As no political movement have claimed the attack. It cannot be terrorism by definition of the word.

Be sure, if you look up moron. You'll see a description of you.
[quote][p][bold]biosci100[/bold] wrote: The culprits of this act are the terrorists. They should be dealt with appropriately and not released on bail. But then here are the double standards. When a Muslim commits an act of terror regardless of their age their names are leaked to the press and are locked up whilst if it is a white man they are released on bail and no-one knows who they are. All culprits of terrorist acts should be dealt with by the full force of the law. However there should not be one rule for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.[/p][/quote]What's a non-muslim? I think your confused with the phrase "normal" or "ordinary" people. Being a muslim isn't normal. Not being one is. No doubt you go around talking about disabled and non-disabled, when the term is able bodied. While I'm at it. Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. As no political movement have claimed the attack. It cannot be terrorism by definition of the word. Be sure, if you look up moron. You'll see a description of you. ho_ho_ho
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7:11pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Marty1979 says...

biosci100 wrote:
The culprits of this act are the terrorists. They should be dealt with appropriately and not released on bail.
But then here are the double standards. When a Muslim commits an act of terror regardless of their age their names are leaked to the press and are locked up whilst if it is a white man they are released on bail and no-one knows who they are.
All culprits of terrorist acts should be dealt with by the full force of the law. However there should not be one rule for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.
But there is still no mention if this was a racially motivated attack
[quote][p][bold]biosci100[/bold] wrote: The culprits of this act are the terrorists. They should be dealt with appropriately and not released on bail. But then here are the double standards. When a Muslim commits an act of terror regardless of their age their names are leaked to the press and are locked up whilst if it is a white man they are released on bail and no-one knows who they are. All culprits of terrorist acts should be dealt with by the full force of the law. However there should not be one rule for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.[/p][/quote]But there is still no mention if this was a racially motivated attack Marty1979
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7:16pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Elthamboy says...

the_changing_man says...
2:01pm Tue 11 Jun 13

Elthamboy wrote:
How come when the attack in Woolwich happened everyone was quick to say 'you can't blame all Muslims' blah blah blah and yet when This happens this is automatically assumed as the work of a white person and EDL/BNP sympathiser? I'd put good money on the person being involved not being a member of either of them
Eltham "Boy" when you grow up to become a "man" hopefully you will have matured enough by then to realise that offically registered political parties in the United Kingdom do NOT go around setting buildings on fire!
You really are a thicko to suggest what you have on here

The political parties of Labour, started a war in muslim countries and likewise the Conservative/Liberal Democrat parties have continued to carry through their wars in muslim countries killing and hurting muslims and enraging British muslims.......NOT the BNP who have actively opposed these wars! - You mug I said it them, get a life
the_changing_man says... 2:01pm Tue 11 Jun 13 Elthamboy wrote: How come when the attack in Woolwich happened everyone was quick to say 'you can't blame all Muslims' blah blah blah and yet when This happens this is automatically assumed as the work of a white person and EDL/BNP sympathiser? I'd put good money on the person being involved not being a member of either of them Eltham "Boy" when you grow up to become a "man" hopefully you will have matured enough by then to realise that offically registered political parties in the United Kingdom do NOT go around setting buildings on fire! You really are a thicko to suggest what you have on here The political parties of Labour, started a war in muslim countries and likewise the Conservative/Liberal Democrat parties have continued to carry through their wars in muslim countries killing and hurting muslims and enraging British muslims.......NOT the BNP who have actively opposed these wars! - You mug I said it them, get a life Elthamboy
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7:18pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Elthamboy says...

the_changing_man says...
2:01pm Tue 11 Jun 13

Elthamboy wrote:
How come when the attack in Woolwich happened everyone was quick to say 'you can't blame all Muslims' blah blah blah and yet when This happens this is automatically assumed as the work of a white person and EDL/BNP sympathiser? I'd put good money on the person being involved not being a member of either of them
Eltham "Boy" when you grow up to become a "man" hopefully you will have matured enough by then to realise that offically registered political parties in the United Kingdom do NOT go around setting buildings on fire!
You really are a thicko to suggest what you have on here

The political parties of Labour, started a war in muslim countries and likewise the Conservative/Liberal Democrat parties have continued to carry through their wars in muslim countries killing and hurting muslims and enraging British muslims.......NOT the BNP who have actively opposed these wars! - If you read what I wrote you would see I said I don't believe it was them. Whose the thicko now, maybe time for a 'change' tw@
the_changing_man says... 2:01pm Tue 11 Jun 13 Elthamboy wrote: How come when the attack in Woolwich happened everyone was quick to say 'you can't blame all Muslims' blah blah blah and yet when This happens this is automatically assumed as the work of a white person and EDL/BNP sympathiser? I'd put good money on the person being involved not being a member of either of them Eltham "Boy" when you grow up to become a "man" hopefully you will have matured enough by then to realise that offically registered political parties in the United Kingdom do NOT go around setting buildings on fire! You really are a thicko to suggest what you have on here The political parties of Labour, started a war in muslim countries and likewise the Conservative/Liberal Democrat parties have continued to carry through their wars in muslim countries killing and hurting muslims and enraging British muslims.......NOT the BNP who have actively opposed these wars! - If you read what I wrote you would see I said I don't believe it was them. Whose the thicko now, maybe time for a 'change' tw@ Elthamboy
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4:53am Thu 13 Jun 13

XPrincess_KissesX says...

Could you imagine the backlash non Muslims would get if they hacked a Muslim to death in the middle of Woolwich in broad daylight.

Can see why everyone is moving to Oz, they actually defend their own!
Could you imagine the backlash non Muslims would get if they hacked a Muslim to death in the middle of Woolwich in broad daylight. Can see why everyone is moving to Oz, they actually defend their own! XPrincess_KissesX
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5:41pm Fri 14 Jun 13

becks local says...

HA!
HA! becks local
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