Church targeted! - Second fire in a month

October 20, 2017
Burnt walls at the front of Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church when the sections of the building were set on fire in September.
Destruction caused by the fire in the back of the building at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in September.
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The Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 120 Old Hope Road was again the target of arsonists for the second time in just over a month after a section of the church was set ablaze last Wednesday night.

There was another suspected case of arson at the church on September 17, with an estimated damage of $100,000.

THE WEEKEND STAR understands that at about midnight on Wednesday, a trespasser entered the church and vandalised the building before setting fire to some sections.

The church has since issued an official statement outlining the incident.

The release, which was posted on its Facebook page, said: "The building was vandalised and selected sections of the interior, including the pulpit, set on fire. This follows another arson attack, which occurred at the church on September 17, 2017. The altar was not desecrated during this second attack."

Our news team gathered that security personnel employed by the church extinguished the fire and the police were summoned.

According to the church, the attack has resulted in severe damage to the interior.

Several persons on the church's Facebook page expressed shock at the incident and questioned the motive.

Bernadette Gardiner said: "What is happening? What is the motive?"

"Oh no ... another attack ... someone's got issues with the church. So sorry to learn of this, and I hope the perpetrator will be caught," Shyama Bedasee posted.

The extent of the damage in this incident has not been ascertained.

The Matilda's Corner police are investigating.

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