POLICE are investigating a fire that destroyed the cricket pavilion at Westleigh on Saturday night. The pavilion, which contained a toilet, two changing rooms, a lounge area with seating and an outside area with hand-made furniture, was completely destroy

POLICE are investigating a fire that destroyed the cricket pavilion at Westleigh on Saturday night.

The pavilion, which contained a toilet, two changing rooms, a lounge area with seating and an outside area with hand-made furniture, was completely destroyed by the blaze at around 11.15pm.

Two fire engines from Bideford were scrambled following several calls from members of the public. Police are treating the incident as suspected arson.

Devastated club members learned of the fire before their match at Instow on Sunday.

"We're pretty annoyed about it because we spent a lot of money replacing the roof before the start of the season and worked hard to paint the fence," said club captain James Correy.

"The sponsor's boards were due to arrive next week and by the end of the season the place would have looked pretty immaculate but it's all been completely destroyed now.

"Hopefully we'll be able to use the church and village hall to serve tea but players will now have to get change in the back of their cars."

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call police on 08452 777444, quoting crime reference number CB/10/2946.