More than 100 wheelie bins set alight in Southwold
- Credit: Nick Butcher
More than 100 wheelie bins were found ablaze in a car park near Southwold Pier in the early hours of this morning.
Emergency services were called to Pier Avenue at about 4.25am and spent an hour extinguishing the fire.
Suffolk Police believe the blaze was started deliberately and are investigating the incident, which has caused £1,500 of damage.
The bins were owned by Waveney Norse, an operational partner of Waveney District Council, and kept on the site for street cleaning.
In a statement, the council said: 'We are saddened that this damage, which we estimate at £1,500, may have been caused deliberately.'
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The charred bin remains are due to be removed by the end of the week once police investigations have been completed.
Owner of the nearby Southwold Boating Lake and Tea Room David Ball said he believed the hut used to store the wheelie bins had also been burnt down last year.
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'Let's hope they will find another site for them which is perhaps a bit more secure,' he said.
On Sunday, a blaze broke out at Southwold Golf Course destroying more than 500 yards of shrubbery and leaving the Clubhouse and pro shop with substantial smoke damage.
If you saw anything suspicious near the Pier in the early hours of this morning, call Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD number 26 of today, Wednesday May 10