September 30th, 2016

Police renew appeal for Broadway arson information

Updated: 5:13 pm, May 06, 2015

A RENEWED appeal for information has been issued by police six months after a series of arson attacks in the heart of Broadway.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused in the village when fires were started at a church, a community hall, a library and a police station overnight on Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25.

There was also a failed attempt to start a fire at a doctors’ surgery during the attacks which saw some 30-40 litres of white spirit used.

The main wooden door of St Eadburgha’s Church on Snowshill Road was completely destroyed and fire chiefs said the flames almost spread to the roof.

Broadway’s Police Station received significant smoke damage inside the building, although there was only minor damage to the door when it was set alight.

An object was pushed through the letterbox at village’s library and set on fire, causing substantial damage to the porch area and it is believed the fire was only stopped from spreading by a pair of internal fire doors.

Lifford Hall on Lower Green also had its front doors destroyed by the offenders.

Flammable liquid was also thrown over the front door of Barn Close Surgery in the High Street and officers are now appealing to anyone with any information to come forward.

Det Con Rob Davies said: “Unfortunately we have had few leads in relation to these fires, but hope that with the passage of time, a renewed appeal may jog people’s memories.

“We would urge anyone who say anything suspicious at the time, or knows of anyone who may be linked to these fires to come forward.

“These fires were targeted at key buildings in the heart of the Broadway community, causing substantial damage. The consequences could have been much worse and we are thankful that no one was injured.”

Anyone with further information on any of the attacks can contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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