The suspected arson attack at a building in Skegness earmarked for the town’s first mosque is now being treated as a hate crime by police.
As previously reported, around 45 firefighters attended the scene at the two-storey derelict building in Roman Bank at 4.43am on Sunday, October 6.
Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue said at the time that there was severe damage by fire to “100% of the building” and the cause was recorded as deliberate. Police confirmed nobody was injured.
Police launched an investigation and said at the time it was being treated as arson.
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police told Lincolnshire Reporter on Thursday, November 7: “This is now being treated as a hate crime and investigations are ongoing.”
Plans have been submitted by the Skegness Central Mosque Group to East Lindsey District Council for a community centre, with four-self contained flats above to be built next to the former Methodist chapel on Roman Bank.
The centre will include washrooms, a kitchen, a body room and a main hall.
Skegness Central Mosque launched a fundraising campaign, which raised over £150,000 – enough to purchase the land.
Sam Hallett, of ELDC’s planning department, previously said: “The location was originally going to be a mosque, but has been downgraded to a community centre. As I understand it, the use will be the same, or similar to that of a mosque.”