Two teenagers arrested after Norwich church hall blaze

The devastated church hall at St Anne, Earlham that was set on fire. Photo: Steve Adams The devastated church hall at St Anne, Earlham that was set on fire. Photo: Steve Adams

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
1:50 PM

Police investigating a fire which gutted a church hall in Norwich have arrested two teenagers.

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The boys, aged 13 and 15, were arrested on Sunday as part of inquiries into the fire at St Anne’s which happened last Monday.

The blaze happened shortly after 4pm at the building on Colman Road, near to the junction with The Avenues, when the building was broken into and a fire was started inside. The fire caused extensive damage to the building.

The teenagers were questioned by police at Wymondham and released on bail until April 15 while inquiries continue.

Three fire crews from Earlham, Carrow and Hethersett stations were called to the blaze last week and 15 firefighters were involved in tackling the fire.

Nobody was in the building, or the neighbouring scout hut and church, at the time of the fire.

Rev Clare Dowding praised the community for rallying round last week and backed the “resilient” congregation to come back stronger.

Anyone who has any information about the arson is asked to contact Norwich CID on 101.

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