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Police appeal for witnesses following arson

Wednesday 15 September 2021

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack in Milton Keynes, which is being treated by police as a hate crime.

The rainbow archway in Campbell Park that was set on fire between 6:30 and 7am on Monday, was at the entrance of the weekends’ MK Pride festival.

It was located on the redway off Aylesbury Boulevard and Marlborough Gate.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who might have been in the area to witness the incident that morning, or who has CCTV or dashcam footage.

Sergeant Tom Hughes of MK Police station commented on the incident, saying: “Having worked at MKPF over the weekend, I know that it was a large family and community event with an inspiringly inclusive atmosphere. This reckless act is really disappointing, goes against everything we were celebrating this weekend and has understandably caused upset to our LGBTQ+ community.

“This incident is being investigated as a hate crime and I encourage anyone who has any information to come forward either by using our online form or by calling 101 with reference number 43210411776. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”