§ Baroness Cox
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether there is any truth in reports of a fire-bomb attack on a Pentecostal Church near Burnley in Lancashire on 4 April; if so, whether there is any information about the motivation for the attack; whether any investigation is being carried out; and whether the results of any such investigation will be made public. [HL1990]
§ Lord Bach
I understand from Lancashire Constabulary that a petrol bomb attack took place on 4 April against a Pentecostal Church on Stanley Street, Brierfield. At this stage the motive for the attack is not known and there is no evidence to link the offender to any particular ethnic background or extremist group. Police are carrying out detailed investigations into the attack, including house to house enquiries and forensic analysis of the petrol bomb. In the event of a prosecution the results of the investigation will be made public.