Deliberate blaze at Fenland entertainments company - already plagued by 27 robberies- leaves family heatbroken and their business ‘decimated’

Fire destroyed a storage unit van and trailer. Picture: CAMBS FIRE.

Fire destroyed a storage unit van and trailer. Picture: CAMBS FIRE. - Credit: Archant

A Fenland family say an arson attack has ‘decimated’ their entertainments business and left their livelihood in tatters.

Bouncy castle store at Mepal before last night's arson attack

Bouncy castle store at Mepal before last night's arson attack - Credit: Archant

Last night’s (Friday) arson attack at the Discover your Mojo building at Sappers Rest off the A142 at Mepal is just the latest in a long line of crimes against the family run business.

Only last month Rick Tomlin appealed for help after the family firm was hit by thieves for the 27th time.

In total the company which offers bouncy castle hire along with other fun inflatables has lost over £260,000 worth of property in just three years from the Mepal store.

Now they are facing greater devastation with the building, a van and trailer destroyed in the arson attack which happened at around 11.44pm.

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On a social media site Rick’s son Rhys posted: “Absolutely hate having to do this again but last night around 11pm someone tried to break into one of our vans on the land again. But this time they couldn’t, so instead of just leaving they set the trailer and van on fire and we have now lost another six castles.

“This has decimated our business and right now we aren’t sure what we are going to do but please, if you have heard anything about some scumbags thinking it’s funny to target a family business can you get in touch with the police. They have ruined our livelihood and it is literally heartbreaking for me and my family.”

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Mr Tomlin founded the company, run with his wife Debbie and Rhys, using compensation received for an accident which left him with a brain injury and a partially severed spinal cord.

The family have been unable to insure the premises and every theft has eaten into Mr Tomlin’s retirement fund and has forced the Tomlins to liquidise other assets.

They had upped the security following the break-in on Thursday July 2, which saw around £30,000 worth of inflatables taken.

On that occasion thieves used oxy acetylene cutting equipment to get into the compound before gaining access to the warehouse.

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

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