Historic Cornwall Church the Target of Arson

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: November 24, 2018

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



Firefighters were called to St Mary’s Church in Penzance at around 4am in the early hours of November 24th by the key holder and his wife after the alarm sounded. A bin had been placed in front of the church door and set on fire. Witnesses reported that the fire nearly spread into the interior of the church. Police were given the CCTV footage and began an investigation. Damages are estimated at up to £10,000. 

The 1836 church is one of west Cornwall's most prominent landmarks was destroyed by an arsonist in 1985.


Source: Cornwall Live 
Photo by Robert Cutts, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons