Second Man Arrested in Arwani Murder Investigation

Police conducting searches in and around the An Noor mosque in Acton

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Terrorism officers investigating the murder of Abdulhadi Arwani - the former imam at the An Noor mosque in Acton - have arrested a 61-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

The arrest is part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Mr Arwani on Tuesday, 7 April.

This morning Leslie Cooper, 36 of Nightingale Road, Brent, NW10 appeared at Camberwell Magistrates Court where he was remanded into custody to appear at the Central Criminal Court later this week.

As part of the ongoing investigation, officers are carrying out a number of searches of addresses in London including areas within the An Noor Cultural and Community Centre in West London.

Police say all officers involved in the search of the Mosque (the An Noor Cultural and Community Centre) are sensitive to the impact that their presence will have and are aware that this action may cause concern in the local community.

They say they have been in contact with 'trusted' community Muslim advisors this afternoon to reassure them that the action is necessary and that the premises will re-open as quickly as possible.‪




14th April 2015