Vandals Destroy Buddhist Temple

May 5, 2005

Source: BBC News

On May 5, 2005 BBC News reported, "Arson and vandalism have forced a group of Buddhists to give up a project to convert a derelict house into a temple. An old school caretaker's house in Colyer Road, Northfleet, Kent was handed over to the Buddhists last year. Repairs to the building have been hampered by relentless attacks. Last week a monk was stoned in what the group has said was 'the final straw.' 'I'd hate to believe it is because we are Buddhists,' said spokesman Harry Smith. 'It is just wanton destruction'...Mr. Smith, chairman of the Varnaran Buddhist Association, said the house, which has suffered two arson attacks, had been reduced to a shell and he believed it would have to be demolished."