Dorset

Blandford Cemetery chapel reopens after arson

Blandford's cemetery chapel
Image caption Blandford's cemetery chapel was extensively damaged by fire and smoke

A Victorian cemetery chapel in Dorset has reopened after repairs following an arson attack.

More than £30,000 of damage was caused to the chapel at Blandford when a fire was deliberately started in September.

Built in 1855, it is believed to be the only Anglican church in Dorset with its original layout of inward facing pews.

Speaking at a re-dedication service, Bob Brannigan of Blandford Town Council, described the restoration work as "very impressive".

A man has since been jailed for arson in connection with the fire.

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