Fires set alarm bells ringing for council

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WHITBY TOWN councillors have spoken of their alarm at a spate of recent fires and the impact it is having on the community.

They raised their concerns after what is thought to have been an arson attack burned the bowling club house to the ground last week.

Coun Niall Carson said: “I am delighted nobody has been injured but a whole group of people, a community group have lost their base, lost their equipment and trophies and records and all kinds of other things.

“I sincerely hope that they as a club will rebuild and hope they will apply to all the local authorities, this one included, for some funds to help.

“I hope the people of Whitby and the parents of the little so and sos who did it will realise there will be a raise in the parish precept for the damage that has been done.

“People are doing a lot to get young people and old people interacting and this goes against the grain.”

In addition to the bowling club fire a week last Wednesday, there has been a shed fire at Spital Bridge, a fire at Caedmon School and a car fire on Fishburn Park – which CCTV has proved was due to an accidental electrical fault.

But Couns Ian Havelock and Ken Graham said there was growing concern among local residents.

Coun Havelock added: “There were four incidents in the spate of three weeks. There is little more than a coincidence. There has been some degree of alarm and apprehension, certainly on the Fishburn Park.”

Insp Andy Colbourne told the council meeting on Wednesday: “We are investigating.

“It does concern me we have them without a suspect.

“We are doing all we can but if you get information that you think is marginally relevant pass it on.

“I don’t feel happy that we are getting these offences and if people get away with it they will continue to do it and the bowling club – that has had a pretty negative effect on the community.”