Arson in a church! Unknown perpetrators have set fire to a pew in the Catholic parish church in the Longerich district of Cologne.
As the police reported on Friday, the perpetrators had spread disinfectant from a dispenser placed in the church on the pew and then apparently placed a burning seat cushion on top of it. The flames extinguished by themselves.
The crime took place on Thursday between 4 and 6 pm. The sexton became aware of the incident in the evening. There was little damage to property and no harm was done to people.
The police are investigating on suspicion of attempted arson, and the State Criminal Investigation Office is assisting the forensics team on site. The investigators are looking for witnesses who can provide information on the facts of the case.