£500,000 blaze at March recycling depot confirmed by fire chiefs and police as arson

PUBLISHED: 16:07 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 16 April 2018

£500,000 worth of vehicles destroyed in arson attack at Glazewing, Hostmoor, March. PHOTO: Stuart Mokler

£500,000 worth of vehicles destroyed in arson attack at Glazewing, Hostmoor, March. PHOTO: Stuart Mokler

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Damage estimated at £500,000 was caused to vehicles during an arson attack on a March recycling depot.

£500,000 worth of vehicles destroyed in arson attack at Glazewing, Hostmoor, March. PHOTO: Stuart Mokler£500,000 worth of vehicles destroyed in arson attack at Glazewing, Hostmoor, March. PHOTO: Stuart Mokler

A police plea for information was launched after five lorries were set on fire in Hostmoor Avenue, March.

Emergency services were called to Glazewing waste and recycling centre in on Friday (13 April) at about 10.10pm.

Five lorries, each worth about £100,000, were damaged in the blaze and there was extensive damage to the recycling centre.

Detective Constable Tom Adams said: “I would like to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously, to come forward. “It’s quite likely that those responsible for the blaze would’ve returned home smelling of fuel and smoke so I would urge any friends or relatives of these people to get in touch.”

£500,000 worth of vehicles destroyed in arson attack at Glazewing, Hostmoor, March. PHOTO: Stuart Mokler£500,000 worth of vehicles destroyed in arson attack at Glazewing, Hostmoor, March. PHOTO: Stuart Mokler

Anyone with information is asked to call on 101 quoting reference CF0194040418 or report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

A spokesman for Cambs fire and rescue said two crews from March, one crew from Chatteris and one crew from Whittlesey were called to tackle the blaze.

A spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find five heavy goods vehicles well alight. Firefighters used four jets to extinguish the fires.”

The crews returned to their stations by 1.03am.

Fire at Glazewing, March. The aftermath today PHOTO: Ian CarterFire at Glazewing, March. The aftermath today PHOTO: Ian Carter

The spokesman added: “The cause of the fires was deliberate.”

Anyone with information should contact police by visiting www.cambs.police.uk to submit an online report or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Glazewing is one of East Anglia’s biggest commercial waste and recycling companies.

Eye witnesses have spoken of hearing at least one explosion – thought possibly to be a fuel tank from one of the lorries parked on the site.

Fire at Glazewing, March. The aftermath today PHOTO: Ian Carter Fire at Glazewing, March. The aftermath today PHOTO: Ian Carter

Last year the company had issues with its operating licence after a public inquiry raised a series of concerns.

Directors Jonathan and Simon Miles were disqualified from being transport managers for two years following a decision by deputy traffic commissioner Miles Dorrington.

Jonathan Miles said at the time that the firm was not planning to appeal the decision but would not cut any jobs or reduce its service as a result of the ruling.

The company’s landline was out of action when we tried to call it; a message has been left on the Glazewing emergency mobile number for a response.

Fire at Glazewing, March. The aftermath today PHOTO: Ian Carter Fire at Glazewing, March. The aftermath today PHOTO: Ian Carter

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