Arsonists attempt to set fire to Ripon Cathedral
Last updated Feb 22, 2022
Ripon Cathedral

Arsonists attempted to set fire to Ripon Cathedral this morning.

North Yorkshire Police, which was alerted to the incident at 10.40am, is appealing for information.

Nobody was injured and no damage was caused. No further details have been released.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said:

“We were alerted to a suspected attempted arson incident at Ripon Cathedral at around 10.40am today. Thankfully there were no injuries and no damage caused.

“An investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.”

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The cathedral, which is celebrating its 1,350th anniversary this year, was open as normal this afternoon.

A spokesperson confirmed firefighters were called this morning after smoke was smelt inside the building. The spokesperson added:

“We have been asked not to give any more details while investigations are ongoing.”

Ripon Cathedral

Inside the cathedral, pictured this afternoon.

Police asked anyone with information to email [email protected] or call North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously via its website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Quote reference number 12220031515.


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