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Teenagers charged after Uckfield fire

Firefighters tackled the fire in Uckfield last month. Credit: Sophie Williams

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 arrested over Uckfield fire

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.


Upset after arson attack

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.

Fire started deliberately

Sussex Police says that a fire which seriously damaged four buildings on Uckfield High Street was started deliberately.

It's understood that the blaze was started around 11pm in a bin behind the Sense Charity Shop.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information about who might have started the fire to come forward.

Moving pictures courtesy of Chris Lawson/Uckfield FM.


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