Fire damages takeaway

Charring near to food property on Harbourside.Picture Richard Ponter.121108.
Charring near to food property on Harbourside.Picture Richard Ponter.121108.

A FIRE which damaged a Bridlington takeaway has become the latest in a series of suspected arson attacks being investigated by police.

The rubbish bin fire, which was reported to fire services at around 7.45pm last Thursday, was close to Wendy’s Burger Bar on Harbour Road and caused damage to the shopfront and exterior wiring.

Both Police and fire services were in attendance and the blaze was quickly extinguished upon their arrival.

John Rogerson, Owner of Wendy’s Burger Bar, said; “I think it was just kids mucking about, but how stupid can you get? I just can’t believe their cheek.”

Police confirmed they were treating the fire as deliberate and had arrested a 12 year old girl, A 23 year old woman and a 12 year old boy in connection with the incident.

The 12 year old boy has since been released without charge and the 12 year old girl and 23 year old woman have both been released on bail.

This attack is the latest incident in Bridlington being treated as arson with a fire near the railway station in February and a suspected arson on disused tennis courts at Westgate Park near the bowling club on February 29 also under investigation.

Inspector Colin Waddington at Bridlington police station said: “There has been a worrying increase in ignitions in Bridlington.

“We have been running an operation with detectives in Beverley to combat arson for the past few weeks and I want to reassure Bridlington residents that we are aware of the problem and are doing all we possibly can to prevent this crime.

“Lighting these fires is a dangerous and silly thing to do and could endanger lives.”

Anyone with and information about acts of arson in Bridlington should call the police non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.