Attempt to torch charity bonfire

THE charity bonfire currently under construction by the Torrington Cavaliers survived an arson attack at the weekend. A dog walker alerted the Cavaliers after they saw smoke coming from the back of the construction on Torrington Common early on Sunday ev

THE charity bonfire currently under construction by the Torrington Cavaliers survived an arson attack at the weekend.

A dog walker alerted the Cavaliers after they saw smoke coming from the back of the construction on Torrington Common early on Sunday evening.

Cavalier Chris Stacey said: "I only live two minutes from the bonfire and, luckily, by the time I got there, the fire had gone out. It was no accident. Someone had set fire to what looked like a coat, inside our safety fence at the rear of the bonfire. Fortunately, the wooden framework didn't catch light.

"I'm frankly disgusted. Our bonfires raise tens of thousands of pounds for local charities. Why would someone put all that in jeopardy? We'll now have to erect CCTV to act as a deterrent.


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