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Police hunt for arsonist who aattacked St Peter’s Church in Wintringham
AN ‘abhorrent’ arson attack on a church has seen centuries-old furniture set on fire, a visitors’ book defaced and excrement left in the vestry.
Police are investigating the attack at St Peter’s Church in Wintringham last Wednesday.
Officers say that between 3pm and 8pm, someone went into the church and used paper that was covering the pews to set fire to a kneeler cushion on a 17th century Jacobean pew, burning a hole in the wooden seat.
Swear words were scrawled in the church’s visitors’ book, two more fires were started in the churchyard and excrement left in the vestry.
The attack was discovered by a volunteer for the Churches Conservation Trust – the charity which looks after St Peter’s.
Rev Joe Kinsella, who became Rector of the Benefice of Buckrose Carrs, which includes St Peter’s, less than a month ago, said the “unpleasant” attack had caused anger and upset in the village.
He said: “It’s upsetting and there’s been a lot of anger around.”
The damage means the church will be closed for about a week, added Rev Kinsella.
“The church will be fine and will be open again. It’s not very nice, but we deal with these things and carry on,” he said.
“These places have seen a lot in their lifetimes and although it is upsetting at the moment, and a lot of people are angry, everything will be back to normal soon.”
But, Rev Kinsella said, his main concern is for the person responsible. “The pew can be repaired and the church can be put right, but we want that person to be in a place where they don’t feel they have to do that,” he added.
PC Katie Shaw, of Malton Police, has appealed to members of the public to help find those responsible for the attack.
She said: “This incident is a particularly abhorrent and disgraceful attack on a building which has stood for hundreds of years.
“It is beyond belief why anyone would do such a thing and what they stood to gain from it.”
She is urging anyone who can help with the investigation to get in touch.
“I am looking to members of the public to help us find out who was responsible and am appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious or unusual activity in the area, either in the village or on the roads leading to the church, to contact us,” she said.
“Don’t worry if you think it’s insignificant; just a small piece of information could help us piece together information which could lead us to whoever is responsible.”
Anyone with any information is asked to phone North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Malton Police, or email email@example.com. police.uk
Alternatively, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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