Barn fire in Chatteris believed to be deliberate as spate of Fenland arsons continues


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Rubbish and tyres inside a barn in Chatteris were torched last night.

At 10.44pm, one crew from Chatteris and one crew from Manea were called to a barn fire in Longwood Fen Drove.

Rubbish and tyres were on fire inside a barn, measuring 70m by 20m.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to extinguish it and returned to their stations by 1.10am.

Since Friday, arsonists have also targeted a house in March, lorry trailers in Pondersbridge and a motorbike in Wisbech St Mary.

Station Commander Paul Clarke said: “Although there may seem to have been a number of deliberate fires in Fenland recently, there are no identifiable trends at present and the incidents are not all in one location but spread across the district.

“Following a number of deliberate fires in Fenland, local crews are visiting the affected areas to speak to residents about fire safety and what steps they can take to reduce opportunistic arson.

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“Arson is a serious crime and we follow up all deliberate fires with the police to see if there are any trends, and we work continuously with them to bring any perpetrator of arson to justice.

“We would ask members of the public to be vigilant and if they see anyone suspicious or who they think is committing a crime to contact police on 999.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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