Teenager charged over fire at bus station toilet block

IPSWICH: A teenager has been charged with arson following a toilet block blaze at the town’s bus station.

The fire was started at the Old Cattlemarket bus station on Thursday evening. Two 19-year-olds were arrested afterwards by officers.

Luke Maney, 19, of Birkfield Drive, Ipswich, has been charged with arson endangering life.

He appeared before magistrates on Saturday and was ordered to appear in Ipswich Crown Court on October 16.

A second man was arrested on suspicion of the same offence and later released on police bail pending further investigations.

He was told to return to Ipswich Police Station on August 18.

The building was very badly damaged during the blaze – the roof was destroyed and it clearly suffered serious internal damage.

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Although the toilets were described as “superloos” when first installed in the bus station in the early 1990s, over recent years they have been considered something of an eyesore.

The fire service was called out at about 9pm and spent almost an hour at the scene ensuring that the blaze was completely extinguished.

No one was hurt in the incident and late-night buses were able to return to most of the bus station once the blaze had been put out.

Any witnesses or anyone with information on the incident can contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500.