Shed torched by arsonist

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A STORAGE unit used by an allotment association was destroyed in an arson attack.

The portable cabin on Worksop Road, Mastin Moor, Chesterfield, used by Mastin Moor Allotment Association went up in flames in the early hours of Monday.

A barbecue, 20 chairs, two tables, two heaters and camping equipment caught fire.

Police said there have been a number of arson attacks in the area, including one at Norbriggs Flash Nature Reserve, Bent Lane, on March 18 where fence panels were smashed and set alight.

A fence was also set alight behind Norbriggs Primary School two days later.

PCSO Sue Cooke, of Staveley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Nuisance fire setting may seem like a bit of fun but young people often don’t realise how quickly fire spreads and how disastrous the consequences may be.”

A disused freezer centre caught fire after a car parked outside the building went up in flames.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield, at 4.45am yesterday and found a Fiat Marea burning.

Flames from the blaze spread to disused business premises nearby.

A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said the car had been parked outside the derelict shop for three or four days before it went up in flames.

The blaze is being treated as suspicious.

- Anyone with information about the fires should call Derbyshire Police on 0345 1233333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.