Glasgow church left 'saddened' after 'attempted arson attack' on building

A petrol bomb was reportedly thrown at the building
A petrol bomb was reportedly thrown at the building -Credit:supplied


An investigation has been launched after an alleged arson attack attempt on a Glasgow church last Wednesday (May 15).

Police received reports of efforts to damage Dennistoun Baptist Church on Finlay Drive at around 10.50am.

Images taken of the scene appear to show a makeshift petrol bomb which has burst outside the door of the building and charred pavement. A closer picture shows a smashed bottle with a burnt piece of cloth inserted into it.

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In a post on Facebook a member of the church wrote: "Hey everyone, we just wanted to make you aware of an attempted arson attack last night at Dennistoun Baptist Church; a petrol bomb exploded outside our front door at some point between 9pm (Tue 14th) and 9am (Wed 15th).

"The police have asked that if you saw anything suspicious at that time or any other time to phone 101. And if you live on Finlay Drive and have a camera in your car or from your flat then do be in touch.

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"As a community church we love Dennistoun, running a weekly football group for men, English classes for refugees and hosting the Dennistoun Diggers garden, to name a few things.

"We’re shocked and saddened that this has happened. Any help around this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 10.50am on Wednesday, 15 May, 2024, officers received a report of an attempt to damage a church on Finlay Drive, Glasgow.

"Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 1109 of May 15, 2024."