Arson probe after four Gloucester fires
AN arson attack may be to blame for a fire which devastated a Quaker's meeting place.
The Friends Meeting House at Greyfriars, off Southgate Street, has been left a blackened shell of its former self after the suspected deliberate attack.
Vandals struck between 11pm on Wednesday last week and 10.30am the next day.
It is thought a window was smashed and a fire started inside the property.
Builders and decorators are now working to bring the building back into use.
The attack is being linked to three other suspicious fires as police launch an investigation.
A wooden outbuilding caught fire at a business in Kimbrose Way on August 29.
There was a fire in a large bin at the rear of a hotel on Southgate Street in the early hours of July 17.
And an outbuilding at a hotel on Commercial Road was ablaze overnight between July 3 and July 4.
Chief Inspector Neil Smith, from Gloucestershire police, said: "We are currently working with our colleagues in the Fire and Rescue Service to thoroughly investigate these crimes and we are asking for the community's assistance.
"We are urging local residents to report any suspicious activity to us immediately, no matter how small it seems. We would much rather receive calls of suspicious circumstances that turn out to be legitimate than miss an opportunity to prevent a crime or detain an offender."
Police are also investigating a fire at a home in St Michael's Square on Tuesday morning. However they do not believe this is linked to the other incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, where they can leave information anonymously, on 0800 555 111.