Caravan blaze is ‘suspicious’

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Police are appealing for information after a fire which engulfed a caravan in Belper was found to be suspicious.

The caravan was parked at a property in Hayfield Close, Belper when it caught fire at about 2am on Wednesday, September 10.

A joint investigation was carried out by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and Derbyshire Police and the incident is now being treated as arson.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area around the time or might know the people responsible.

Derbyshire Police spokesperson said: “Investigations are still being carried out. No-one was in the caravan at the time.”

Witnesses should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 38056/14. 
You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile, police have confirmed that more than 40 animals were killed during a suspicious barn fire in Smalley which broke out a week before on September 3. As reported in last week’s Belper News a joint investigation held by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and police has confirmed that the blaze was started by arsonists at 7.50pm and they are appealing for witnesses.

A police spokesman said: “Thirty rabbits, six cats, several kittens and a number of chickens were killed in the fire, which destroyed the barn.”

The farm building is located off Main Road, close to Smalley crossroads, and officers are particularly keen to trace a van driver who was spotted in the area.