Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses after a rainbow arch to celebrate the LGBT community was set on fire.

The large rainbow archway was being used as MK Pride festival (MKPF) entrance over the weekend before being set alight.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone that may have witnessed the incident or with CCTV or dashcam footage from the Campbell Park area on Monday (September 13) morning between 6.30am and 7am. 

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Sergeant Tom Hughes, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “Having worked at MKPF over the weekend, I know that it was a large family and community event with an inspiringly inclusive atmosphere.

"This reckless act is really disappointing, goes against everything we were celebrating this weekend and has understandably caused upset to our LGBTQ+ community.

“This incident is being investigated as a hate crime and I encourage anyone who has any information to come forward either by using our online form or by calling 101 with reference number 43210411776.

"If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”