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Caravan site owner says floating lanterns were used

The owner of a caravan site where 50 caravans were destroyed by fire says there were floating lanterns let off into the sky on the night the blaze took hold.

The caravans were being stored at the Croft Farm Waterpark, where there is also a boating lake.

The owner said there was a party in the site's clubhouse, and chinese style floating lanterns were set off into the sky.

A spokesman for the Hereford & Worcester Fire Service said it was too early to say how the fire started. He did not rule out the possibility it could have been caused by a floating lantern.


Video shows carnage after fire wrecks 50 caravans

This video shows the wreckage of around 50 caravans which were destroyed by a large fire at a storage site near Tewkesbury.

Ten fire engines were needed to tackle the blaze in Bredons Hardwick, and involved crews from the Hereford and Worcester & Gloucestershire fire Services.

Crews managed to contain the fire and averted disaster, as at one point flames were spreading towards a 2000 litre fuel storage vessel.

Read: 50 caravans wrecked after huge blaze at storage site



Fire service tweet details of caravan site blaze


1/2 Incident 0055 24 Nov Croft Farm Bredons Hardwick involved approx 50 towing caravans and mobile homes in storage.


2/3 Crews from Glos FRS and Hereford & Worcester FRS prevented fire spreading to a 2000 litre storage vessel using water jets


3/4 and ground monitor. At the height of the fire 10 appliances, water carrier environmental protection unit&command unit were in attendance


Arrest after attack on Orient keeper

Police have arrested a man after a pitch invasion during Leyton Orient's League One clash away at Swindon Town yesterday.

Orient's 3-1 win at the County Ground was marred when a Swindon supporter ran on to the pitch and appeared to attack the league leader's goalkeeper, Jamie Jones.

Jones' manager, Russell Slade, said although his player was unhurt, he was left angry by the incident - which he described as the worst he had seen since becoming a manager.

Swindon chairman Jed McCrory said the club would be launching a review of its safety measures.

"We will be speaking to the police with reference to their report next week.

"We don't condone any actions where supporters come on to the pitch and, if found guilty, he will receive a ban.

"We apologise to Jamie Jones, the Leyton Orient board members and their supporters and will review the stewarding around the ground to make sure this doesn't happen again."

– Jed McCrory, Swindon chairman

Wiltshire Police confirmed they had arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the incident.

A force spokesman said: "He was arrested on suspicion of pitch invasion and remains in custody at Gablecross Police Station, Swindon, at this stage.

"Police inquiries are ongoing."


50 caravans wrecked after huge blaze at storage site

The caravans were being stored in Bredons Hardwick in South Worcestershire Credit: ITV News Central/Callum Watkinson

Around 50 caravans have been destroyed after a large fire at a storage site in South Worcestershire.

The touring vans were being kept at a site in Bredons Hardwick near Tewkesbury when the blaze took hold on Saturday 23 November.

Fire crews from the Herefordshire & Worcester and Gloucestershire services had to fight to bring the flames under control. They are now damping down at the site.

50 caravans destroyed in Tewkesbury fire

Gloucestershire Fire Service has spent the night dealing with a huge fire at a caravan and mobile home storage park near Bredons Hardwick, Tewkesbury. 50 vehicles caught alight.

No one needed rescuing, though several propene gas cylinders were involved. Firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to a large fuel tanker nearby. Around a hundred firefighters were needed to contain the fire, and some are still on the scene.

The cause is unknown but is being investigated.


Police release CCTV image after assault

Police would like to speak to these people after assualt Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Police have released CCTV footage of four people that they want to talk to after a 25 year old suffered a facial injury after being assaulted in Tewkesbury.

The alleged incident happened at the junction of the High Street and Sun Street at around 12:10am on Saturday November 9. Police say two men and two women were seen on CCTV at around the same time and may have vital information for them.

RSPCA ask for help to catch shooter

The RSPCA is asking the public for help in catching whoever shot a duck through the neck with a crossbow bolt.

The female mallard, which lives on the River Severn at Lower Lode near Tewkesbury, is able to fly and feed but has so far evaded all attempts to catch her.

A spokesman for the animal charity says it is an offence to shoot wildlife with a crossbow, and they'd like information from anyone who knows who may have done it.

Mallard with crossbow Credit: ITV News West Country
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