Two arrested following fire

TWO men were arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at a derelict ice-cream factory in Ipswich.Firefighters were called out twice today to the former Peter's Ice Cream premises in Grimwade street, at 5pm and again at 6.

TWO men were arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at a derelict ice-cream factory in Ipswich.

Firefighters were called out twice today to the former Peter's Ice Cream premises in Grimwade street, at 5pm and again at 6.20pm.

On the first visit the Ipswich crews put out a small fire started inside the building, but shortly after they they received another call that the building was once again ablaze.

When they returned they found two rooms well alight.

They called police officers who attended and took two men into Ipswich police station for questioning in connection with the fire.

Assistant Divisional Officer Steve Rhind said squatters are a constant problem at the building.

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He said: “We have been called out to this building six times in the last 18 months - it is a quiet area and it is easy for people to lever off the boards and make their way inside.

“This was a suspicious fire, fires like this do not start themselves.”

A nearby resident who did not wish to be named said: “I come past here often and can see people are inside, even though the building has been empty for a long time.

“Someone should keep a closer eye on it, or it should be made harder for people to get into.”

Are problems caused by disused or derelict buildings in your area? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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