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Firebugs target church in Blandford
12:04pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
ARSONISTS tried to burn down a church in an overnight raid in Blandford.
They broke into Blandford Cemetery on Salisbury Road before lighting three fires and fleeeing.
The attack happened between 5pm on Saturday September 14 and 7.15am on Sunday September 15 at the chapel in Blandford Cemetery on Salisbury Road.
Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.
They are also lnking the blaze with the theft of petrol from a car soon afterwards.
PC Rob Hammond, of Blandford police, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this arson take place, or may have information about those responsible to contact us on the non-emergency number 101.
“The blaze has caused significant damage to the chapel and will no doubt have caused great inconvenience to the local community.
“I am also appealing to the public for information regarding an attempted theft of petrol from a Ford Transit van at around 9.50am on Sunday 15 September 2013 which we believe to be linked to this fire.
“The vehicle was parked by the main gates of the church and it is believed the offender has gone straight to this van after escaping the chapel. It is possible they planned to use fuel from this van to accelerate the blaze.”
No arrests have been made.
Witnesses and anyone with information can call the police on 101 quoting incident number 15:135 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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