A massive fire that spread rapidly along a Sussex High Street, destroying five businesses, is being treated as arson.
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze which seriously damaged four buildings on Uckfield High Street in East Sussex.
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Two teenagers have been convicted of starting a fire in Uckfield, East Sussex which caused more than £1million of damage to charity shops.
Sense and the British Heart Foundation lost their entire stock in the fire in September 2012.
More than forty firefighters were needed to bring the fire under control.
18-year-old Adam Bushell pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years.
Geriant Purton was jailed for 12 months for the arson, and was also sentenced to two years for a string of burglaries across East Sussex.
Detective Constable Sean Stapley, of East Sussex CID, said: "This incident caused a considerable amount of damage and has had a major impact on the residents and businesses of Uckfield.
"A moment of ignorance turned a harmless game into a dangerous fire.
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The driver of a wildlife rescue ambulance was brought to a stop near Uckfield and then assaulted by a man who demanded drugs.
The ambulance was being driven along the A22 near Palesgate Common at around 11pm on Monday when it was overtaken by a dark coloured, older style, hatchback.
It slowed down and put on hazard lights bringing the ambulance to a standstill. Thinking that something was wrong, wildlife rescue volunteer Trevor Weeks got out of his vehicle, but was then assaulted and asked to handover drugs from the vehicle.
However, the wildlife rescue ambulance does not carry drugs or medical supplies.
– Det Sgnt Julie Dow
This would appear to be an opportunist and very unusual attack, which has obviously left the victim very shaken.
"We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the two vehicles in the Palesgate Common area on Monday evening, either driving or at a stop by the roadside. Please call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1861 of 15/10."
Police have charged three people with arson following a major fire in Uckfield High Street.
Geraint Purton,18, of Parklands, Maresfield, near Uckfield, Adam Bushell, 18 of Luxford Close, Uckfield, and a 17 year old boy from Uckfield, will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on Friday, October 19th.
The charges follow an investigation by East Sussex CID officers.
The fire was started behind the charity shop Sense in Uckfield High Street at around 11pm on Sunday, September 2nd.
It caused significant damage to several buildings and meant that nearby residents were evacuated.
Three people have been arrested for arson with intent to endanger lives following a large fire in Uckfield High Street on Sunday night. The blaze was started outside a shop belonging to the charity Sense at around 11pm, and spread to neighbouring buildings.
An eighteen-year-old man and two seventeen-year-old boys are in police custody.
Sussex Police and fire officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a fire which led to five businesses being destroyed. The blaze in Uckfield's high street led to homes being evacuated as flames spread through roof space. Officers are treating the incident as arson.
Local people in Uckfield have expressed their sadness and upset after hearing the news that a fire which badly damaged businesses on the high street was caused by an arson attack. Sussex Police say that someone set fire to a bin at the rear of one of the charity shops.
Our reporter spoke to Mandy Hutton charity shop manager and Kathlyn Stanley-Quist charity shop worker.