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Appeal after building damaged in Taunton

An investigation is underway after a community building was damaged in Taunton.

Priorswood Community Centre, in Priorswood Place, was damaged on Wednesday 17 June at about 11.15pm.

A book stand, which was offering free books to members of the community, was damaged by a fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be suspicious.

Enquiries have identified a white man we wish to speak to in connection with our investigation.

He is described as about 20-30 years old, slim and was wearing black ankle trainers with a white Nike logo, dark trousers and jacket. He had a grey cap on under a hood and his gait is described as unusual.

PC Stephen Linton said: “The building suffered a considerable amount of damage. Glass has been shattered and the frame of the building has also been damaged.

“It is disappointing to see a community-minded act of kindness, with free books being offered during the lockdown, being used in this way for an act of mindless destruction.

“We’d ask anyone who saw somebody acting suspiciously in the area, or recognises the individual captured on CCTV, to report that information to us on 101 giving reference number 5220132848.”

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220132848

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.