£5K reward offered Two-year anniversary of Muswell Hill Arson

Police are offering a reward of £5,000 as they continue to appeal for information on the two-year anniversary of a fire that destroyed a community centre in Muswell Hill in the early hours of Wednesday 5 June, 2013.
The Metropolitan Police Service is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the fire at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association in Coppetts Road, Barnet in June 2013.

Officers are also releasing a CCTV image of a light-coloured Toyota Corolla Verso vehicle, which was seen in very close proximity to the centre immediately before the time of the incident, and are keen to identify and trace either the driver, the owner or anyone with information about the vehicle.

Officers will also be handing out appeal leaflets to local residents in the area surrounding the community centre throughout today .

At 03:23hrs, officers were called by the London Fire Brigade to reports of the fire at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association in Coppetts Road, N10. Police, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade 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 like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Coppetts Road on the evening of 4 June or the early hours of 5 June, 2013 or who may have any information regarding this incident to contact them.

Superintendent Paula Light from Barnet Borough Police said:

“I have been amazed by the calm resolve and positivity that the communities in Barnet have shown in the wake of this incident. The support that people from all different communities, including Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, have shown each other in the face of such adversity has been truly remarkable.

“We are still determined to identify the person or persons responsible for this act, and I would urge anybody with information to call the incident room or to contact Crimestoppers, which is completely anonymous – it is not too late.”
Anyone who can assist police should call the Incident Room on 020 7230 3046, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No arrests have been made at this stage.