Arsonists target car auctioneers

AN ARSON attack could have been responsible for the burning of a number of vehicles at a large car auctioneers, fire officers believe.The blaze was reported shortly before 1.

AN ARSON attack could have been responsible for the burning of a number of vehicles at a large car auctioneers, fire officers believe.

The blaze was reported shortly before 1.40pm on December 24 when a coach, two lorries and four vans were found on fire at Manheim Car Auctions in Colchester Road, Frating.

Two fire crews, from Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe, were sent to the scene and took around 45 minutes to bring the blazes under control.

The Frating auctioneers – part of an international company - are based on a 38 acre site which recently underwent a £500,000 refurbishment and includes restaurant facilities. It has undercover storage for 650 vehicles.


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An investigation has begun into the Christmas Eve blaze, which firefighters have classed as “suspicious.”

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