A crime fighting charity is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for a “brazen” arson attack in Hadleigh.
An estimated £500,000 of damage was caused when three fuel tankers were set alight at UKay Fuels’ depot in Lady Lane Industrial Estate on Friday, November 16.
The blaze, which is believed to have been started deliberately and could be seen for miles around, began at around 6.40pm and took 50 firefighters to bring under control.
Crimestoppers is now appealing for anyone with information about the tanker fire and a spate of other recent arsons in Hadleigh to come forward. They could be in line for a £1,000 reward.
“This brazen attack on the three fuel tankers could have resulted in injury or even death for nearby residents,” said Ann Scott, eastern regional manager for Crimestoppers.
“Please come forward so this thoughtless crime can be solved – you could help stop further arson attacks.”
After inspecting the aftermath of the fire, Anthony Iameo, chief executive of UKay Fuels, said he believed someone had poured petrol into the cab of each tanker.
He added that a “disaster” – which would have been triggered had flames spread to a nearby 80,000-litre oil tanker – was only narrowly avoided.
Mrs Scott said people could contact the charity anonymously and it was keen to gather as much information as possible.
“Hadleigh is an extremely safe place to live so these incidents have shocked the community,” she said.
“Has someone you know displayed unusual behaviour on the nights of these events? Has someone confessed to being involved?
“Perhaps someone witnessed an event or saw suspicious activity in the area on one of the nights? We want to receive any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”
Officers from Suffolk Police and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will be in the town’s Market Place on December 6 as they continue their investigation into the arson.