Firebugs blight New Year

A HADLEIGH man today spoke of the moment fire crews smashed through his garden fence to put out a fire in his shed which was set alight by firebugs.The Pykenham Way resident, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said he believed youngsters had lit a firework in the gutter of the shed.

A HADLEIGH man today spoke of the moment fire crews smashed through his garden fence to put out a fire in his shed which was set alight by firebugs.

The Pykenham Way resident, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said he believed youngsters had lit a firework in the gutter of the shed.

The incident, which took place at around 3am on New Year's Day, happened while the resident was asleep and was one of a spate of incidents in the area at that time which are suspected to be the work of arsonists.

Alert firefighters who were in the area dealing with another blaze at the time, spotted smoke coming from the shed and broke through a fence to put it out before the fire took hold.

The resident said: “There was not too much done to the shed, mainly smoke damage, but it could have been a lot worse.

“There are lots of sheds nearby and if mine had gone up, the others could too.

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“It's not a nice start to the New Year. It really messed up my day.

“There's been no end of trouble around here.”

The resident said that he had been the victim of a similar incident when his van was burnt out.

On the same night firefighters were first called to a wheelie bin fire in the town's Charter Close shortly after 2.40am on New Year's Day.

They were then called to a motorcycle fire in Calais Street shortly after 2.55am.

Firefighters also tackled a wheelie bin fire in the same street shortly after 3am before spotting the shed fire at around 3.10am.

A fire and rescue service spokeswoman confirmed that these four blazes were all being treated as suspicious.

A police spokesman said the incidents were being investigated and were thought to be connected.

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