Reward on offer over Norwich church arson

A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for information about a recent arson attack on a church hall in St Anne’s, Colman Road, Earlham in Norwich which caused more than £130,000 of damage.

The Crimestoppers reward is available for information leading to the arrest and charge of the individual(s) responsible for the incident which occurred between 3pm-4pm on Monday February 17. The hall, on the junction with The Avenues and Colman Road, was engulfed in a fire that is thought to have caused in excess of £130,000 worth of damage.
Anyone with information on this incident will be eligible to claim a Crimestoppers reward of up to £1,000.
“This is an extremely safe place to live so this incident has really shocked the local community. It has devastated so many people as the venue really was a hub of activity for local groups to meet. It had taken the church community 10 years to save up for a new kitchen and within a few months of being fitted it has been cruelly destroyed,” said Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers.
Ann said: “Please come forward to the independent charity Crimestoppers so this thoughtless crime can be solved. You have nothing to fear by contacting us. We do not ask for your name and no call is traced or recorded. You won’t have to give a statement, speak to the police or go to court – we only want to know what you know, not who you are. In the 26 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our anonymity promise.”
She added: “Did someone you know display unusual behaviour on the night of this event? Has someone confessed to being involved? Perhaps someone witnessed the event or saw suspicious activity in the area on the night? Crimestoppers wants to receive any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem”.
Only information given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 that leads to an arrest and charge will qualify for the reward. Information can also be given online.
For more information visit Crimestoppers UK

Click here to read our previous story on this topic.
Pictured above is St Anne’s Church hall the morning after the devastating fire. Picture by Helen Baldry.
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