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‘There is no room in Scotland for intolerance’: Church responds to Sikh temple arson attack

Wed 29 Aug 2018
By Eno Adeogun

The Church have Scotland has shared expressed its "deepest sympathy" to Edinburgh's Sikh community after the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib temple in Leith was subjected to an arson attack on Tuesday morning.

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.

Rt Rev Susan Brown, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said in a statement: "How sad that a place of worship should be the target of such a hateful act.

"We recognise the actions of a small minority do not reflect the relations that exist with your local community. There is no room in Scotland for intolerance."

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.

Additional reporting from PA.

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