Churches In London Suffer Arson Attacks as ‘666’ Pentagrams Marked on Doors
Slew of attacks on churches in the capital in just days of each other
Three churches located in the East end of London have suffered arson attacks in just two days, with each door being marked with satanic pentagrams and the number 666.
St John’s Church in Stratford was the first be subjected to the attack were vandals set fire to the main door.
The arson came as other acts of vandalism took place including doors being scratched and poster being ripped down, the Newham Recorder reported.
Another attack at St John’s church took place on Wednesday morning as refuse being set alight outside the church door.
A second attempt to set fire to the door was made around 7:30 p.m.
Another fire was set on the same day at Cann Hall Methodist Church in Leytonstone.
Church secretary John Edney said it was the second attack which took place within days.
Mr. Edney said the main doors are “badly scarred with burn marks,” and the notice board is “completely destroyed," according to the East London & West Essex Guardian.
A group of children were present in the church at the time of the attack prompting daughter of the church secretary as urging parishioners to “be vigilant — our church building was vandalized this morning — satanic symbols scratched on the doors and a pile of rubbish with flammable liquid on was set alight outside the side church door”.
“That was bad enough but also our minister was working in the building, and a childminding group were using the hall which the door enters into. A hall Full of adults and CHILDREN !!!
"Thankfully the smoke was detected, and the fire put out by a very brave childminder.”
On Thursday, a fire was set outside St Matthew’s Church on Dyson Road in West Ham, destroying the door.
A police spokesman said:
“At this early stage in the investigation, the fires are being treated as suspicious, and the incidents are being investigated by the North East area’s Community Support Unit, who are keeping an open mind as to the motive.”
In March 2018, St Mary’s Catholic Church suffered a satanic attack when an arsonist removed sacred icons from the altar and replaced it with a picture of Satan before setting fires in the interior.
Back in October, a radical atheist confessed to setting fires outside a Methodist church and a Sikh temple in Scotland.
The man told the court he had “issues” with religion saying it was a “political statement.”
The news comes a month after a slew of desecrations of Christian churches in France following the fire at the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.