Frustration as more beach huts are damaged in suspected arson in Walton-on-the-Naze

Three more beach huts were set on fire at Walton on the Naze on Sunday, November 26. Picture: FRINTO

Three more beach huts were set on fire at Walton on the Naze on Sunday, November 26. Picture: FRINTON FIRE STATION/ECFRS - Credit: Archant

A fire chief has spoken of his frustration after more beach huts were damaged in a blaze in Walton-on-the-Naze.

Three beach huts were destroyed in a suspected arson in the Essex seaside town on Sunday. Two fire engines attended at 5pm and the fire was out in an hour.

It comes after two beach huts were fire damaged on Thursday night. Six beach huts were also ravaged by a fire on October 17, prompting Noreen Stoker, chairwoman of the Beach Hut Owners Association of Walton, to call for greater security.

Watch manager Nick Singleton, of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “These deliberate acts of destruction are frustrating for all involved.

“We advise all beach hut owners to remove gas cylinders over the winter months. We also encourage owners to purchase and fix heavy duty storm doors to act as a deterrent to anyone trying to gain access.”

Three more beach huts were set on fire at Walton on the Naze on Sunday, November 26. Picture: FRINTO

Three more beach huts were set on fire at Walton on the Naze on Sunday, November 26. Picture: FRINTON FIRE STATION/ECFRS - Credit: Archant

Police are investigating the latest incident.


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