POLICE have arrested and charged a 12-year-old boy after a church hall was destroyed in an arson attack.
The fire happened in a concrete prefabricated building belonging to St Matthew's Church in Saltney Ferry Road, Saltney Ferry.
Firefighters who were called out at 6.37pm on Tuesday found the building, which contained tables and chairs, well alight.
The Rev Trevor Green, Vicar of St Mark's Church, which used to be linked to St Matthew's, said the church was closed a year ago.
He explained St Matthew's had been built to serve the railway community based around Mold junction, but that had disappeared in the 1960s.
He added: 'St Mark's is still going strong and is there for anybody.'
As an unused building, the church hall was uninsurable so St Mark's will have to pick up the bill to clear the site. It had been hoped the building could have been sold on.
North Wales police spokesman Gareth Watson said a 12-year-old had been arrested and charged with arson. He is due to appear before Mold Youth Court on Friday, August 3.