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Essex Chronicle
December 26, 2014
Investigation into fire at Inner Space in Gloucester Avenue
A joint police and fire investigation is under way into what caused a fire at a meditation and yoga centre in Chelmsford this afternoon (December 26). Firefighters in two appliances rushed to Inner Space in Gloucester Avenue shortly before 5pm to reports of a blaze in Gloucester Avenue. They used one hose reel to put out the flames, and the incident was over in around 20 minutes. Nobody was hurt. Crews then used a high pressure fan to clear the building of smoke.

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Boxing Day arson attack causes £5,000 damage to Chelmsford shop
A Boxing Day arson attack on a mediation shop in Chelmsford caused £5,000 worth of damage. Detectives have today issued a description of a suspect they want to trace, following the incident at Innerspace in Gloucester Avenue. Firefighters found the shop's doormat had been set alight when they reached the scene shortly before 5pm. Considerable smoke damage was caused inside the shop.

The suspect is believed to be a white man, who was wearing a beanie hat, cream coloured coat, blue jeans and black trainers. Investigating officer, Detective Constable Dan Bennington, said: "The motive for this attack is still under investigation and if anyone saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or has any information that could help our enquiries I would ask them to call me at Chelmsford Police Station on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


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An ex-BK has been caught by Police regarding this case (claimed by BK Info)?

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There is a news article from Jan 22nd in the Essex Chronicle.

Man charged over Chelmsford Inner Space meditation centre fire

By JoeSturdy | Posted: January 22, 2015

A MAN has been charged with arson and religiously aggravated criminal damage in connection with fires at a Chelmsford meditation centre and a house in Brentwood. Stephen Finch, 52, of The Street, Croxton, Norfolk was arrested at his home on Sunday (January 18) by police following investigations into a blaze at The Inner Space meditation centre, in Gloucester Avenue, Chelmsford on Boxing Day.

There was a second fire on Friday at a house in Great Fox Meadow in Kelvedon Hatch, near Brentwood. Both properties were also damaged with spray paint on October 19. Mr Finch has been charged with two counts of arson with intent, two counts of religiously aggravated criminal damage and two counts of criminal damage.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday (January 19) and was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on March 30.


I'm cautious about trying to infer too much about the motives behind the attack or what the perpetrator's connection with the BKs may have been. Stephen Finch is a real person and has not been found guilty of a crime and is presently only a suspect. Unfortunately, newspapers don't often publish the outcomes of a trial, only the initial charges.


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