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‘Enquiries ongoing’ following blaze which decimated builders’ yard

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:20 18 May 2019

Police enquiries are 'ongoing' after fire tore through a builders' yard at Woods Meadow in Oulton. Picture: Thomas Chapman

Police enquiries are 'ongoing' after fire tore through a builders' yard at Woods Meadow in Oulton. Picture: Thomas Chapman

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Police say they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire which destroyed builders’ equipment worth £100,000.

Andrew Oldman, whose building firm Oldman Homes lost equipment worth £100,000 in a fire at a builders' yard at Woods Meadow in Oulton. Picture: Thomas ChapmanAndrew Oldman, whose building firm Oldman Homes lost equipment worth £100,000 in a fire at a builders' yard at Woods Meadow in Oulton. Picture: Thomas Chapman

Awoken by a "loud bang" in the early hours of April 29, residents at The Pastures on Woods Meadow housing estate in Oulton saw that a storage site was well alight.

They were subsequently evacuated from their homes as three fire crews dealt with the blaze on the corner of Lime Avenue and Farrer Drive, but equipment including a telehandler had already been destroyed.

Police enquiries are 'ongoing' after fire tore through a builders' yard at Woods Meadow in Oulton. Picture: Thomas ChapmanPolice enquiries are 'ongoing' after fire tore through a builders' yard at Woods Meadow in Oulton. Picture: Thomas Chapman

Andrew Oldman - managing director of Oldman Homes, which is overseeing the work - said the telehandler was worth £50,000 and other equipment adding up to a similar sum had also been lost.

More than three weeks later, police say "enquiries are ongoing" as they look to find those responsible for the fire which is thought to have been started deliberately.

The builders' yard is on the corner of Lime Avenue and Ferrer Drive in Oulton. Picture: Thomas ChapmanThe builders' yard is on the corner of Lime Avenue and Ferrer Drive in Oulton. Picture: Thomas Chapman

Anyone who has relevant information or saw any suspicious activity in the area is asked to call Suffolk Constabulary on 101.


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