Arson at cemetery chapel

A Rugby cemetery chapel which reopened in March has been destroyed in an arson attack.

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Volunteers 'devastated' after arsonists destroy chapel

Volunteers who helped look after a chapel of rest at a cemetery in Warwickshire, say they're devastated after it was gutted by fire on Remembrance Sunday.

It's thought the damage caused by the blaze at the Watts Lane Cemetery in Rugby could cost tens of thousands of pounds to repair. Police are investigating and are treating it as arson. Chris Halpin reports.

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Rugby chapel user is 'horrified' by arson attack

A member of a cemetery chapel which was destroyed by an arson attack at the weekend said she "could not believe" what had happened.

Grace Hamp, who has been a member of the chapel for the past 20 years said, "it's so sad and mindless because it's never done anybody any harm and it's there for anybody who wants it and needs it."

"It's difficult to put into words," she added, "we're just horrified at what they've done."

Chapel arsonists condemned by council leaders

Council chiefs have condemned the "mindless vandals" who destroyed a cemetery chapel in Rugby.

Rugby Borough Council's cabinet member for environment, Councillor Dr Mark Williams, said parts of the chapel were "irreplaceable".

I am bitterly disappointed by this mindless act of vandalism.

Not only have these vandals destroyed a beautiful chapel, but they have also robbed mourners of a peaceful place for worship and contemplation.

We will rebuild and repair the chapel, but it looks like the historic cemetery bier is beyond saving. It is irreplaceable.

– Councillor Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council

Pictures show devastation of blaze at chapel

A devastating blaze has ripped through a cemetery chapel after mindless vandals broke in and set a fire over the weekend.

Rugby Borough Council has released pictures of the charred remains of the Watts Lane cemetery chapel after its recent refurbishment - and how it looks today, after the fire.

Before and after: where visitors would sit Credit: Rugby Borough Council

Vandals removed one of the windows of the chapel in the early hours of yesterday morning to get inside, where they lit a bonfire and left it to spread through the building.

The chapel had only recently been refurbished, with work completing in March this year.

One of the items on display in the chapel before the fire Credit: Rugby Borough Council
....And after the fire Credit: Rugby Borough Council

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