Kent

Faversham man held over Good Friday wooden cross fire

A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a 7ft wooden cross was set on fire following an open air Good Friday church service in Kent.

Fire crews and police were called twice to Market Square, in Faversham, on Friday evening.

The cross had been used in the morning for a procession and service for the Churches Together group of churches.

Kent Police said the suspect, who is from Faversham, was being held in police custody.

The Reverend Geoff Cook, of Faversham Baptist Church, said: "The fire brigade were called to the cross for the first time and a few of us went down to make it safe, to carry out a few repairs to make sure it wasn't going to fall on anybody.

"I heard later another attempt had been made to burn the cross. The fire brigade again attended and police took the cross away.

"I can only speculate as to the motive."

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