Help find the chapel firebug

Fire at Eastwood Cemetery chapel, off Chewton Street.
Fire at Eastwood Cemetery chapel, off Chewton Street.

The hunt is still on to find the person responsible for the devastating blaze that destroyed Eastwood’s historic cemetery chapel.

Did you see something suspicious around the building off Chewton Street before it went up in flames in the early hours of Wednesday April 9.

The building, in Eastwood Cemetery where some of Dh Larence’s relatives are buried, may have to be demolished as a result of structural damage caused by the blaze.

Police believe someone forced entry into the stone building at around 11pm on Tuesday 8 April 2014. A fire took hold soon after.

Sgt Andy Browning said: “This criminal act was beyond disrespectful, as well as extremely dangerous.

“ The chapel is near to many grave sites, including those of DH Lawrence’s family.

“Local family legacies as well as national heritage were severely compromised that night and now a parish has been left to foot the bill for repair work or, worse still, demolition. Either way a piece of local history has been lost forever.

“If you were in the area at the time and saw anything unusual or suspicious, or if know who the culprits are please call us.”

Contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Incident number 000045-09042014.