Blyth beach huts damaged in suspected arson attack

An investigation has been launched after a suspected arson attack on the beach huts at Blyth.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 11:32 am
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 11:58 am
The damaged beach huts at Blyth. Picture by John Tuttiett

Northumbria Police have condemned the actions of the vandals after number of fires were reported in the town overnight from Thursday into today (Friday) which are now being linked.

At about 11.15pm yesterday (Thursday), officers were contacted by the fire brigade and alerted that a number of beach huts had been set on fire.

A short time later, police were also alerted to vehicle fires on Wellesley Drive and Grenville Road.

The damaged beach huts at Blyth. Picture by John Tuttiett

Nobody was injured in either incident.

Officers are treating the cause of the respective fires as suspected arson and at this early stage we believe the incidents to be linked.

Inspector Neil Hall has condemned the behaviour of those involved and says officers are now committed to identifying the offenders and taking robust action against them.

“The events of last night and the behaviour of those responsible were absolutely appalling and totally unacceptable,” Insp Hall said.

“We take reports of this kind incredibly seriously, and we acknowledge the significant effect that this can have on not only victims but the community as a whole.

“As a result, we are committed to ensuring anybody found to have been involved is dealt with swiftly and robustly.

“A team of experienced officers will be carrying out a range of enquiries throughout today to establish exactly what has happened, and anyone responsible can expect a knock on their door.

“With the nature of the fires, it is incredibly lucky that nobody was seriously injured. The public will see an increased police presence in the town today as officers carry out enquiries and offer any reassurance.

“I would now ask anybody who saw anything suspicious last night, or thinks they may know who was responsible, to come forward and contact police.”

Witnesses or anybody who saw anything suspicious in the area last night is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 1125 160120 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.