Arson attack leaves Great Cornard family with nothing

Vicky Reid, 23, with daughter Brooke have lost everything following a fire at their home in Great Cornard. ANL-160120-135007001
Vicky Reid, 23, with daughter Brooke have lost everything following a fire at their home in Great Cornard. ANL-160120-135007001

A fund has been set up after a mother and her child’s home was hit in a suspected arson attack in Great Cornard, destroying their possessions.

“No amount of money is going to make this situation go away but it would help,” added Miss Moore.

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“It would take some of the stress away. It would make it a lot easier.

“We have set up a fund and hopefully people can donate to that. It would be used to replace all the things lost.

“Brooke could get new clothes. They’ve literally got nothing, no clothes, no beds, no TV.

“I had a fire in my flat so I know how much damage it does.”

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Damage from the flat fire in Great Cornard ANL-160120-135028001

Miss Reid and her daughter have been forced to move out of the town and away from their friends after the attack, currently living in a bed and breakfast.

“I’m devastated for her,” said Miss Moore. “I just can’t believe people can do this. You hear about it and read it and feel so sorry for them.

“We are fortunate. We could have all been in that flat at the time.”

Miss Moore said she was “extremely angry”, hoping for justice after the fire.

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Police are continuing their investigations.

Miss Moore is hoping the fund will help the family replace a few of the essentials they lost in the fire as well as finding a new property to live in.

“We really appreciate the people that have helped so far”, she said.

“Everyone has been so lovely and so forthcoming.

“It’s not just affected us but the town. The people that they know and care about.”

Speaking about the impact it had on the neighbouring community, she added: “A lot of people were affected by this and we feel sad for them.”

Miss Moore described family friend Miss Louise, who set up the page, as “an amazing help”.

To donate to the fund visit gofundme.com/kkjy4ajw.

n Three teenagers have been arrested and bailed following the suspected arson at the flat in Great Cornard last week.

The fire was discovered at 9.20am on Tuesday, January 12, at the address in Queensway.

The blaze is believed to have started at the ground floor entrance to the first floor flat, spreading up the stairwell.

No one was harmed as a result of the fire.

A 19-year-old woman, 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl - all from the Sudbury area - were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Station for questioning.

All three have been released on bail until Friday, February 26, pending further enquires.

Witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting 11848/16.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.