Man found guilty of mosque 
fire reprisal

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A 25-year-old man has been found guilty of helping two former soldiers fire-bomb a mosque in Grimsby as a reprisal for the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.

Stuart Harness, 34, and Gavin Humphries, 37, threw petrol bombs at the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre four days after the murder of Fusilier Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in south east London in May.

The pair unwittingly recorded themselves on CCTV making the four bombs and different cameras then captured footage of them throwing them at the mosque doors as terrified worshippers were trapped inside.

Daniel Cressey was found guilty on Thursday by a jury at Grimsby Crown Court of aiding and abetting Harness and Humphries, who had already admitted targeting the mosque.

Cressey drove his friends the short distance from Harness’s home in Dixon Avenue to the mosque but did not take part in the arson attack.

All three men will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on December 20.

Judge Mark Bury remanded Cressey, of New Holland in North Lincolnshire, in custody and told him a jail term was inevitable.

Harness and Humphries, both of Dixon Avenue, Grimsby, are also in custody.

CCTV showed them launching the bombs at the main doors of the mosque and the bottles exploding in bright orange flames.

Several people on the other side managed, despite being frightened by the flames coming under the door, to extinguish the blaze.

The mosque had been targeted earlier in the week and, because of this, two police community support officers were patrolling nearby and spotted the attack.

They followed Harness and Humphries back to Dixon Avenue where they were quickly arrested.

Cressey, who is Harness’s cousin, denied one charge of aiding and abetting arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He did not give evidence and the jury rejected his version of events after three hours.