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.