Police have launched an appeal for information after five lorries were set on fire at a recycling firm’s depot near March, Cambridgeshire, in what is being treated as arson.
The blaze struck Glazewing’s Hostmoor Avenue site, doing extensive damage to the recycling centre and to lorries valued at £100,000 each, police said.
Fire crews from three depots fought the blaze. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews arrived to find five heavy goods vehicles well alight. Firefighters used four jets to extinguish the fires. The cause of the fires was deliberate.”
Detective Constable Tom Adams said: “I would like to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously, to come forward.
“It’s quite likely that those responsible for the blaze would have returned home smelling of fuel and smoke, so I would urge any friends or relatives of these people to get in touch.”
Glazewing offers recycling services in most materials and also metals trading, with its main depot at West Dereham, Norfolk.
Last autumn, two directors were banned from managing its fleet for two years by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, after a series of concerns were flagged by traffic examiners during inspections in July 2016.
Five fixed penalty notices for ’vehicles being in a dangerous condition’ were also issued between July 2013 and June 2016.
Glazewing directors Jonathan and Simon Miles, who are brothers, were disqualified from acting as transport managers until 30 September 2019.
Jonathan Miles told MRW at the time: ”Glazewing has a management structure that includes transport managers and supervisers, all of whom are qualified.
“Simon and I are not employees of Glazewing; as such the transport operation of Glazewing transport is in good hands.”