Reaction to Winchester arson attacks

Reaction to Winchester arson attacks

Reaction to Winchester arson attacks

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CIVIC leaders have expressed shock at the arson attacks in Winchester city centre last night.

A man in his 40s remains in custody following his arrest shortly after three incidents, at the Phase Eight shop on the High Street, the Deanery in Cathedral Close and in the yard behind the Bengal Sage restaurant off Upper Brook Street.

Annabelle Boyes, receiver general of Winchester Cathedral, said today: “Clearly we are very disappointed by what has happened, especially as the Deanery Book Sale raises valuable funds to support the education for four of our Boy Choristers from  generous donations of books given by many people throughout the year, and has done so since it was launched by a band of volunteers led by the previous Dean’s wife, Tessa Till, some twelve years ago, and this tradition is carried on by the current residents of The Deanery.

“It is, of course, a great relief that nobody was harmed in the incident.”

Winchester MP Steve Brine said: "This is a horrible start to the new year for Winchester. Any damage is hugely disappointing and will be costly for the businesses affected while the impact on some very old parts of our cathedral will I know make local people very sad indeed.

“Early reports I am receiving suggest this is an isolated incident and the work of one disturbed individual. We need to quickly ascertain why he did this and ensure he not only faces the full force of the law but fully faces up to the people and property he has so clearly disrespected in a few moments of madness last night.”

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4:56pm Wed 2 Jan 13

singinglady says...

An isolated incident Mr Brine? What about the arson attack at St Bartholomews church before Christmas? Different perpetrator, but very similar.
An isolated incident Mr Brine? What about the arson attack at St Bartholomews church before Christmas? Different perpetrator, but very similar. singinglady
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8:06pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Brook says...

I don't wish to appear cold hearted, but I believe this type of incident ( which has grown in recent years) is proportional to the number of 'homeless' beggers. These people are drawn to Winchester by the rich pickings to be had by begging and handouts from the Trinity Centre etc. These people are not locals. You only have to hear them talk. I see lots of handout bedding discarded further along the street.So much for needing it!
I don't wish to appear cold hearted, but I believe this type of incident ( which has grown in recent years) is proportional to the number of 'homeless' beggers. These people are drawn to Winchester by the rich pickings to be had by begging and handouts from the Trinity Centre etc. These people are not locals. You only have to hear them talk. I see lots of handout bedding discarded further along the street.So much for needing it! Brook
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12:41am Thu 3 Jan 13

winchester resident says...

The trouble is, of course, that the "full force of the law" doesn't get to the root of the problem with "disturbed" individuals......
The trouble is, of course, that the "full force of the law" doesn't get to the root of the problem with "disturbed" individuals...... winchester resident
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9:58pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Stevie G B says...

I am a born and bred Wintonian and really despairing at what this lovely great city is becoming! Four arson attacks on Winchester in the space of two weeks,by two different scumbags, both with "no fixed abode" ...

I have been in employment pratically all my working life and sick to the back teeth knowing my taxes I pay help keep those scum living...doesn't help when they have managed to beg a quid to go to a off licence to buy their 99p can of strong cider/lager then off to beg again for their next one!

Why the hell is Winchester a magnet for them? we are not exactly a sprawling metropolis!

Time for zero tolerance and put the scum back on the train to the city they came from!

Right...rant over, bring on the hand wringing, bleeding hearts!
I am a born and bred Wintonian and really despairing at what this lovely great city is becoming! Four arson attacks on Winchester in the space of two weeks,by two different scumbags, both with "no fixed abode" ... I have been in employment pratically all my working life and sick to the back teeth knowing my taxes I pay help keep those scum living...doesn't help when they have managed to beg a quid to go to a off licence to buy their 99p can of strong cider/lager then off to beg again for their next one! Why the hell is Winchester a magnet for them? we are not exactly a sprawling metropolis! Time for zero tolerance and put the scum back on the train to the city they came from! Right...rant over, bring on the hand wringing, bleeding hearts! Stevie G B
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