A £2,500 reward has been offered up following a nativity scene being petrol-bombed on Christmas Eve. The scene was erected in Raglan, Monmouthshire and was set up in a bus shelter for local families to enjoy over Christmas.
The fire destroyed all of the statues inside. Miguel Santiago of the Beaufort Hotel funded the scene to the tune of £10,000. He has described the attack as “really disappointing”. He also said: “I was in the hotel when I saw the fire and I went into panic mode. It was about 21:45 on Christmas Eve when it all happened, and I ended up using nine extinguishers to put it out”.
The nativity scene was made from wood, was funded by the hotel and was put together by a retired theatre design lecturer named Liz Friendship. Ms Friendship has said that the festive scene had also been targeted by thieves in the past. She said: “In 2018 Mary was taken, in 2019 two shepherds were stolen and never came back, and in 2020 it’s burnt down. It’s now just three kings staring at the bus stop. It’s very sad”.
Mr Santiago from the Beaufort Hotel has said: “It’s a shame because so much effort went into putting it together this year. We added three kings which really made it a great sight, we made sure the figures couldn’t be taken by fixing them down. It’s really disappointing that this has happened, but the locals have been great, and we will be back next year with a bigger and better nativity”.
A spokeswoman for Gwent Police has said: “Officers are investigating a report of criminal damage to a nativity scene on the High Street, in Raglan on Christmas Eve. It has been reported that fire damage was caused to the set at approximately 9.45pm on the evening of Thursday 24th December 2020. The scene that belonged to the Beaufort Hotel was totally damaged as a result”.
UNN and the police urge anyone with information to contact police on 101.
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