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Car Blaze in Memorial Hall Car Park

Thursday 7 May 2015, 12:05
By John Smith

Burnt cars in Wincanton Memorial Hall car park

At around 2.00am on the morning of Monday 4th May, a car parked in the far south east section of the Wincanton Memorial Hall car park was set ablaze. Devon & Somerset Fire brigade believe that this was a deliberate act of arson, and the incident is now being investigated by Somerset and Avon Police.

The first car, thought to be a VW as evidenced by the badge lying in the embers, was set on fire and was the start of a chain reaction igniting the second car (possibly a Vauxhall Astra). The third vehicle (a Vauxhall Corsa) was already badly singed, and would have burnt out like the others if not for the timely arrival of two fire engines from Wincanton and Castle Cary. Over the following hour the fires were extinguished using compressed air foam jets.

A telegraph pole was also damaged in the fire.

Local resident John Young, Flingers Lane, said he and his wife use either Carrington Way or the Memorial Hall car parks for overnight parking, because parking in Flingers Lane is extremely limited. On Sunday evening they decided to use the Memorial Hall car park, parking their two cars within a few yards of the vehicles that would be set ablaze. John said that even relaxing in their home in Flingers Lane they heard what they thought might have been celebratory fireworks.

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating a case of possible arson in the early hours of Monday in the Wincanton Memorial Hall Car Park in which three cars were damaged. If anyone has any information which might assist with the investigation please call Wincanton Police on 101 quoting reference 45779/15 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Burnt cars in Wincanton Memorial Hall car park, from a different angleA burnt VW badge lying in the embers


Nick Colbert
Posts: 1
Sad day
Reply #1 on : Thu May 07, 2015, 11:14:49
i hope they catch the idiots who did this and put them behind bars.
Posts: 1
Sad day indeed
Reply #2 on : Thu May 07, 2015, 14:23:22
Behind bars? Slap on the wrist more likely. No deterrent.

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Reply #3 on : Thu May 07, 2015, 19:37:40
The Big Brother debate on CCTV will continue but there is a camera mounted within a few metres of the incident. Could someone clarify if it is 'active'? and if it can produce the best quality pictures. There will be a cost to this act, resurfacing, claims on insurance and the cost of the emergency services. We all know (hopefully), that in the end these costs will be paid by us all and important funds will be diverted from much more important causes. The mindless destruction of the memorial outside of the Post Office adds to the frustration of having CCTV but not being able to identify and hold to account those that, in the end, cost us all hard earn cash that could be spent on so much more important things. On election night, what a great opportunity to highlight an important discussion point.

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