Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Police investigating after suspected arson attack at Blyth beach huts

Fire crews were called to the Mermaid Car Park in the town, where three beach huts were alight. Credit: Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

A major investigation is under way after three beach huts as well as vehicles were set on fire in a Northumberland town.

The suspected arson attacks took place in Blyth on Thursday night, from around 11pm.

As well as the beach huts, three private vehicles in the South Beach area were set ablaze.

The Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service first received a call about people setting fires in the dunes at Link Road.

Officers have condemned the actions of those responsible, calling the suspected arson attacks 'appalling'.

The pictures show charred wooden beams and ash covering the floor. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Shortly after, there were reports of several cars up in flames on Wellesley Drive and Grenville Road.

Officers are treating the cause of the respective fires as suspected arson and believe the incidents are linked.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

The interior of at least two of the beach huts have been completed destroyed. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service posted pictures on their facebook page which show the extent of the damage done to the beach huts on Blyth seafront.

Fire crews were called to the Mermaid Car Park in the town, where three beach huts were alight.

The pictures show charred wooden beams and ash covering the floor.

The inside of at least two of the beach huts have been completed destroyed.

Inspector Neil Hall, from Northumbria Police has condemned the behaviour of those involved.

He says officers are 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.

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.”

– Inspector Neil Hall, Northumbria Police
'This is a senseless act of vandalism' - Councillor Cath Homer Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Councillor Cath Homer, Northumberland County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for culture, leisure and tourism, also condemned the attacks.

This is a senseless act of vandalism which has caused dismay and distress within the town overnight and this morning.

Thankfully it appears to be a random and isolated incident that certainly doesn’t reflect the wider community in Blyth.

The beach huts are an iconic feature of the town and our county, and much loved by residents and visitors alike, and we'll work to restore the beach huts as a matter of urgency.

Tourism is growing in the area, which many of the local businesses rely on. This is such a shame given the resurgence of Blyth, and the investment that's going into the town.

Our fire service was quick to respond, and we are working with the police and partners to bring those responsible to justice."

– Councillor Cath Homer, Northumberland County Council