Singapore: White substances found at Catholic Centre and The Bible House, 3 arrested

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The police said that the substances were believed to be ash from burnt newspapers, table salt and vegetable oil.

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Three arrested over incidents of white substances found at Catholic Centre, Bible House

23 Jan 2023 06:35PM (Updated: 23 Jan 2023 06:35PM)

The police said that the substances were believed to be ash from burnt newspapers, table salt and vegetable oil.

SINGAPORE: Three people were arrested after white substances were found at Catholic Centre and the Bible House last week.

The suspects are two men aged aged 52 and 66, and a 63-year-old woman, said the police on Monday (Jan 23).

The police also said that substances believed to be ash from burnt newspapers, table salt and vegetable oil, purportedly used during the incidents, were seized from the 52-year-old man.

Eleven people aged between 49 and 67 were identified through extensive ground enquiries and with the aid of images from police cameras and other CCTVs, the Singapore Police Force said in its update.They include the three who were arrested.

All of them are assisting in police investigations.

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TODAY

CCTV shows ‘7 to 8’ people getting out of 2 cars and spraying unknown substances outside Catholic Centre, say workers

  • Unknown substances were found scattered and splashed around Catholic Centre on Waterloo Street and Bible House on Armenian Street
  • The Singapore Civil Defence Force found no harmful materials from samples at Catholic Centre
  • Staff members at the centre said security footage showed two cars of seven to eight people arriving at the building late at night
  • The group were caught on camera scattering and spraying materials there
  • The police said that two men and nine women are assisting in ongoing investigations

By Justin Ong @JustinOngTODAY

Published January 18, 2023 Updated January 19, 2023

SINGAPORE — At 2am early on Tuesday (Jan 17), two cars approached Catholic Centre on Waterloo Street and a group of about eight people alighted and started spraying an unidentified liquid and scattering a white substance around the building. 

This was what closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras caught, two staff members at the religious centre told TODAY.

In response to queries from TODAY, the police said that two men and nine women, aged between 49 and 67, are assisting in ongoing investigations. Early findings suggested that the case was linked to a similar one along Armenian Street, they added, referring to Bible House.

The incident at Catholic Centre was reported a day after a police report was made on Tuesday by Bible House, another religious centre.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a statement to the media that at about 9.55am on Wednesday, it was alerted to an incident at 55 Waterloo Street, the location of Catholic Centre. 

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/cctv-people-getting-out-cars-spraying-unknown-substances-catholic-centre-2092716

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