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£10,000 reward to catch Brighton arsonist

A £10,000 reward has been offered in a bid to capture the arsonist who torched a church.

The money is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever destroyed a Greek Orthodox Church in Carlton Hill, Brighton, on July 4.

The blaze completely gutted the interior of the church with an estimated £500,000 worth of damage caused.

The congregation has been using Saint Michael's and All Angels Church in St Michael's Place for services since the fire.

Stephen Papadopoulos, chairman of the Greek Orthodox Church Committee said: "Some members of the congregation have been scared to go to church since the fire and others have had to hold weddings, Christenings and funerals in other churches, including my daughter who was due to get married shortly after the fire."

The money for the £10,000 reward has been collected together by donations from members of the public.

Detective Sergeant Colin Jaques said: "I am still eager to trace the owner of a blue Renault Scenic that was seen in the church car park between 2.20pm and 2.35pm just before the fire was reported, so that they can be eliminated from the enquiry."

The car owner and anyone with information can contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 1118 of 04/07 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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