Investigation launched after arson in Gateshead
20 Jan 2018 09:00 AM[View Full Size]
An investigation has been launched after arsonists caused nearly £1 million of damage at a concrete compound in Gateshead.
At around 8.45pm on Tuesday police received a report that machinery was ablaze at the Ezimix compound on Wellington Road in Dunston.
Emergency services attended and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service were able to bring the fire under control.
Nobody was at the compound at the time and so thankfully nobody was injured.
Five concrete wagons worth £175,000 each were damaged - three of which were completely destroyed - and one loading shovel worth £100,000 was also damaged beyond repair.
CCTV showed that two people had started the fire deliberately and a criminal investigation has now been launched by detectives.
Detective Inspector Angela Hufton, of Northumbria Police's Central CID, has appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.
She said: "This fire has caused a significant amount of damage which has resulted nearly a million pounds worth of damage.
"We do have evidence that the trucks in question were set on fire deliberately and so a criminal investigation has been launched.
"It is believed two men are responsible and our detectives are trying to identify the men and establish a motive behind the arson.
"We are releasing CCTV of the moments the trucks were set on fire in the hope that people recognise just how serious a crime this is.
"If you saw anyone suspicious in the area of the compound on Tuesday, or if you have a family member who was acting suspiciously that evening, then please get in touch.
"Any piece of information, no matter how small, could be the last piece of the puzzle that allows us to establish the facts of this case."
Anyone who has information for police should call 101 quoting log 949 16/01/18 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also email the OIC on firstname.lastname@example.org.