17 year-old accused of church arson

| May 2, 2011

A 17 year-old has been arrested and charged with arson for the burning down of the historic Østre Porsgrunn church on April 11.

Police had originally searched for four suspects, two of whom were seen running from the crime scene, while two others were seen on a moped nearby. The fire is believed to have been started by someone wheeling two plastic trash containers from the nearby church hall and into the wall of the church itself before setting them alight.

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The investigation has received a number of tip-offs from the local populace, and the police were reported earlier this week to have names for one or more of those suspected of carrying out the crime. They also informed the media that they were checking the alibis of a number of potential suspects. The arrested suspect, who denies all charges, has been reported to have written on social networking site Facebook just before the incident took place that we was going to “go out to play pyromaniac,” according to news agency NTB.



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