CCTV: Arsonists torch charity’s minibus

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Arsonists have torched a minibus used by a Pontefract homeless charity and church.

Bosses at the Saviour Trust, which supplies housing to around 100 homeless people across the area, said a man smashed a bus window and set fire to the vehicle.

A minibus has been badly damaged by an arson attack in Pontefract. The Saviour Trust's vehicale was attacked early one evening. Pictured with the bus are Saviour Trust managers, Jon Taylor, right, and Wayne Phillips, left.'picture mike cowling oct 18 2013

A minibus has been badly damaged by an arson attack in Pontefract. The Saviour Trust's vehicale was attacked early one evening. Pictured with the bus are Saviour Trust managers, Jon Taylor, right, and Wayne Phillips, left.'picture mike cowling oct 18 2013

Firefighters were called to All Saints’ Church Hall, where the charity is based, at around 7.15pm last Wednesday.

CCTV footage seen by the Express shows a group of men walk up Baghill Lane, from South Baileygate.

A man, wearing a dark hooded jumper, then walks up to the minibus.

Moments later flames are seen coming from the front of the vehicle.

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 peoples’ 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.”

A police spokesman said enquiries into the incident were ongoing and anyone with any information should call 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.