December 6 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Police have concluded their investigations into a major blaze at a Suffolk fuel depot, which destroyed three fuel tankers and caused around £500,000 worth of damage.
Officers had been looking into possible links between the incident at Ukay Fuel Limited storage depot on Lady Lane industrial estate last November, and an ongoing spate of arson attacks in the town.
Hadleigh mayor Brian Lazenby described the community’s history of arson incidents as “worrying”, and said local people feared the fuel depot fire – which sent columns of flames shooting 100ft into the night sky and threatened adjoining businesses – was an escalation of the existing arson problem to a “much bigger scale”.
But Pc Matt Paisley, who has been carrying out ongoing investigations in Hadleigh, said CID had come to the end of its inquiries into the fuel depot fire.
He said: “For a while after the incident, there was a lot of concern from local residents that the person or group who had set light to the fuel depot was also responsible for the ongoing spate of arson attacks in Hadleigh.
“But I can confirm that we are no longer linking it to any of the other arsons in the town. I have also completed a dossier of all of the fires in the area since 2001 and am satisfied that this (the fuel depot fire) was an isolated incident.”
Last year, there were 31 arson crimes in Hadleigh ranging from significant car fires to small blazes in bins, and the trend has continued this year. Last month there was a garage fire in a block in Timperley Road which police believe was started deliberately.
Pc Paisley continued: “Even in a residential area like Timperley Road, we haven’t had any leads as to who is behind this. Arson continues to be one of the main things that I go back to on a regular basis. While we close off individual inquiries, I keep revisiting the problem because I believe most of our fires in Hadleigh during the last few years could be attributed to one individual or group.”
Suffolk Constabulary worked with Hadleigh’s Porch Project and other local organisations to build up intelligence to help detect the fuel depot crime, and £1,000 reward was offered. An arrest was made but the suspect was released without charge.