Man held after doors of Sikh temple set alight

29 August 2018, 10:29

Temple

A man has been arrested after the doors to a Sikh temple were set alight in a deliberate attack.

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.