Man, 24, charged over fire that destroyed St Simon’s church

St Simon's Church/ Photo: Twitter @BoyGeekDrone
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A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with wilful fire-raising at St Simon’s Catholic Church.

The 163-year-old building in Partick Bridge Street was totally destroyed when it went up in flames in the early hours of July 28.

Police and the fire authorities have been carrying out a detailed examination of the aftermath.

A Police Scotland statement gave an update on the case on Tuesday.

It said: A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a wilful fire-raising at St Simon’s Catholic Church on Partick Bridge Street, Partick, Glasgow, on Wednesday, 28 July, 2021.

“Emergency services were called to the fire around 2.50am and the building was extensively damaged.”

‘Devastating’

It quoted Det Insp Kenny McDonald, Drumchapel CID. 

He said: “We know this fire has been devastating and has caused much distress to the local and wider community.  

“Along with our partners we will continue to support our communities.

Aftermath of the fire at St Simon's Church
Aftermath of the fire

“I would like to reassure the public that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and officers will continue to patrol the area.”


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