Homeless charity’s minibus torched

Saviour Trust managers, Jon Taylor, left and Wayne Phillips
Saviour Trust managers, Jon Taylor, left and Wayne Phillips
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POLICE are hunting arsonists who torched a minibus used by a Pontefract homeless charity and church.

The minibus window was smashed and the vehicle set alight during the incident outside the Saviour Trust charity’s base at All Saints’ Church Hall on Baghill Lane, Pontefract.

The Saviour Trust provides housing to around 100 homeless people across the area.

Wayne Phillips, homeless project manager at the trust, said: “It’s so frustrating and I can’t understand why somebody would actually do it.

“We are all about getting people’s lives back on track and when something like this happens it makes you think.

“It’s not going to stop us. This is what the lord has called us to do and you never know, those that are responsible for this could come into our centre and we would help them because that’s what we do.”

An insurance assessor said the bus was likely to be completely written off but a full assessment would be carried out.

Mr Phillips said: “I have no idea who might have done it.

“It could be people that have prejudices against our service users or us as an organisation but the bus was definitely targeted.”

Firefighters were called to the charity’s base at just after 7pm on Wednesday.

Police are studying CCTV footage of the incident. The footage shows a group of men walking up Baghill Lane, from South Baileygate. A man, wearing a dark hooded jumper, then walks up to the minibus. Moments later flames can be seen leaping from the front of the vehicle.

Police said enquiries into the incident were ongoing and anyone with any information should call 101. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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