Two individuals face arson charges in connection to the fire at the constituency office of Conservative MP Mike Freer in north London.

Two individuals have been charged by the police with the crime of arson, relating to a fire that occurred at the constituency office of Conservative MP Mike Freer.

Paul Harwood, aged 42, and Zara Kasory, aged 32, both of whom do not have a fixed address, were apprehended on Wednesday. They have now been formally charged with arson with intent for the shed fire at the office’s location on Ballards Lane in Finchley, North London. The incident took place on December 24th, as stated by the Metropolitan Police.

Both accused individuals made an appearance at Willesden Magistrates Court on Thursday and have been remanded in custody until their court date at Harrow Crown Court on February 1st.

Additionally, they have each been charged with another count of arson, this time without intent, for a fire at the rear of a restaurant on Long Lane in North London. This incident occurred at approximately 11pm on the same night.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported in relation to either of the fires.

The police have clarified that the incident at Freer’s office is not being treated as a hate crime.

Freer, the MP, has described this suspected arson attack as one of many concerning incidents he has encountered. In 2021, the individual who went on to murder MP David Amess visited Freer’s constituency office but, coincidentally, the MP was absent at that time.

The murder trial for Ali Harbi Ali, aged 26, revealed that he stabbed Amess, who was the Conservative MP for Southend West, more than twenty times during a surgery session at a church in Essex. Due to his intensive research over a span of two years, Ali specifically targeted Amess as his chosen MP to murder. Ali was also observed peering through a window at Freer’s constituency office. Furthermore, Ali researched Tory ministers Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Ben Wallace, as well as Labour leader Keir Starmer.

Freer has been serving as an MP since 2010. Following Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7th, 2021, he advocated for the government to initiate repatriation flights for stranded British citizens in Israel.

He has consistently criticized the government’s contentious debates surrounding LGBTQ+ matters, comparing their treatment of transgender individuals to the discourse on gay people during the 1970s and 80s.

This suspected arson incident occurs amidst numerous concerns raised by Labour MPs about their own safety, particularly as pro-Palestine protesters have targeted their offices due to criticisms against the party’s stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict.

On Friday, dozens of activists held protests at the office of Labour MP Vicky Foxcroft, followed by hundreds gathering outside the East London office of Rushanara Ali on the subsequent day. Apsana Begum, who expressed support for a ceasefire, revealed that she has received “Islamophobic abuse and death threats.”

As tensions escalated during the conflict, MPs considered to be at the highest risk were contacted by officials to provide advice regarding their personal safety within the Westminster area.

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