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Police praised for 'world class investigation' of Exeter synagogue firebomb

Police arrested him at his home in Alexander Terrace in Exeter. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The police investigation into a firebomb attack on Exeter synagogue has been praised at the World Class Policing Awards in London.

They were praised for bringing units and the community together after the attack.

Tristan Morgan was recorded on CCTV splashing fuel through a window of the building before taking the full blast of the explosion in his face.

The white supremacist walked away but was identified on CCTV and arrested him at his home in Alexander Terrace in Exeter.

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The self-styled folk singer set fire to a historic synagogue on a day commemorating the Holocaust.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a "severe" fire in a room containing a gas boiler, which they say could have exploded.

Morgan's van was identified on CCTV, as well as footage of the defendant using a small axe to break a window of the synagogue.

The court heard how Tristan Morgan was spotted walking away carrying a petrol can and laughing Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police’s response to the arson attack has now been rewarded with a ‘highly commended’ recognition at the World Class Policing Awards.

The investigation brought together local CID, the counter terrorism unit and neighbourhood and diversity staff as well different faith religious centres to provide support to the city’s distressed Jewish population.

Judges commented that this was “an example of excellent police work and has helped enhance trust across all communities.”