Arsonists target historical ruin in Old Woking

TARGETED - damage was caused to Woking Palace
TARGETED - damage was caused to Woking Palace

ARSONISTS have targeted a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Old Woking for the second time in as many months.

Offenders caused more than £1,000 worth of smoke damage to Woking Palace after setting fire to litter outside the metal door of the monument sometime between April 6 and June 1.

The attack follows a similar incident first reported to police at the beginning of April when £200 of damage was caused to the historic ruin in Carters Lane.

Investigating Detective Constable Kerry Whindle said: “This is the second time Woking Palace has been damaged as a result of mindless acts of vandalism and I appeal to anyone who may have any information which might help Surrey Police locate those responsible and deal with them accordingly, to call me as a matter of urgency.

“This site is of enormous historical and cultural interest and Surrey Police will not tolerate this wanton damage against such a specialist site in the borough.

“The Safer Neighbourhood Team is aware and will be monitoring the location providing a visible presence and reassurance to those members of the public accessing the monument.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference WK/12/3287.  Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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