Man arrested after another Richmond bench destroyed by fire

A fireman tackles the fire which destroyed the bench. Photo: Dereck King.

A man has been arrested after another bench was destroyed by fire in Richmond over the weekend.

Police and firefighters were called to a fire besides the footpath at the bottom of Slee Gill in the early hours of Monday morning.

A bench and nearby public notice board were destroyed in what was believed to be a deliberate fire.

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Inspector Mark Gee, neighbourhood polcie inspector for Richmondshire, said: “I can confirm that local officers attended a report of a bench having been set on fire near Bridge Street in Richmond at approximately 1.50am on May 7.

“As a result of their enquiries an adult male was arrested.”

The bench and notice board destroyed by fire. Photo: Dereck King.

The man has been released under investigation while further enquiries continue.

A public bench was destroyed by fire last month near The Station in Richmond.

There was a similar arson attack near Culloden Tower last year.

Alyson Down, Richmondshire community safety officer, said that while the incidents of arson were a concern, fire crews had also dealt with a number of accidental fires in recent days.

With the hot weather drying out grass and vegetation, she urged people to be careful using disposable barbecues, not to leave glass bottles i direct sunlight and to be careful when discarding cigarettes.

Witnesses or anyone with information on the bench fire should call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote crime reference number is 12180078883.

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.