Help for scouts after minibus gutted in arson attack

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A SCOUT group has been helped after it was left devastated when an arson attack destroyed its minibus.

Just over two months ago, the 15-seat minibus owned by the 5th Durham City Scout Group was gutted after a nearby caravan was deliberately set alight, at Langley Park industrial estate.

It mean the 100-strong group was left stranded without transport at one the busiest times of the year.

On learning of the Scouts’ crisis, the trustees of the City of Durham Freemen agreed to answer their public plea for help with a £2,000 donation towards the cost of a replacement vehicle.

John Heslop, chairman of the wardens of the eight Freemen’s guild, said: “We hope our support will help the Scouts get back on the road to enjoy the summer, and the activities that are so important to the youngsters.”

Mike Hartley, who is chairman of the Scouts’ group executive, added: “We are extremely grateful the Freemen have come to our aid at this difficult time.”