Allotment is hit by arsonists again

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ARSONISTS have left another trail of devastation at vandal-hit allotments.

A shed containing gardening equipment was torched and cgutted at East View allotments, in Boldon Colliery.

Firefighters spent more than an hour at the scene dampening the blaze.

The incident is the latest in a series of attacks at the site.

In April, fire gutted a caravan during the early hours. The flames spread to a nearby pigeon cree – killing all but four of the 28 birds inside.

Earlier in the year several chickens and a goose perished in another attack.

Today another allotment holder expressed his dismay at the ongoing vandalism.

“It’s just kids every time,” he said. “The gates are open and they just come in and cause havoc.

“My allotment has escaped so far, but who knows who is next?”

The blaze happened on Friday at 6.30pm.

It destroyed a shed which contained gas cylinders and spread to the fence of the adjoining allotment.

A fire brigade spokesman said: “The shed and all its contents were destroyed. Luckily the shed was not adjoining any other building.

“If it had it certainly would have spread. One of the only mercies is that on this occasion there was no livestock killed.”