A 51-year-old man has appeared in court charged with an arson attack on Exeter’s historic synagogue.
Tristan Morgan reportedly did not enter a plea when he appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court to answer charges of arson with intent to endanger life. Due to the serious nature of the charge, he has been ordered to appear before Exeter Crown Court on 23rd August.
According to police, Mr Morgan is alleged to have poured “an accelerant” into the synagogue, which was built in 1763, making it one of Britain’s oldest synagogues, and then tried to light it.
Mr Morgan is not believed to be charged with trying to set any other buildings alight, but his motive is said to be “unknown”.
The attack occurred at approximately 20:00 on 21st July. According to Devon Live, police attended immediately, reviewed CCTV images, and arrested Mr Morgan.
Campaign Against Antisemitism is taking a close interest in developments.
Image credit: Exeter Synagogue