Shetland pony among animals killed in devastating arson attack at South Hetton allotment site
A Shetland pony is among a number of animals tragically killed in a suspected arson attack which saw flames ravage an allotment site in South Hetton.
Emergency services were called to a fire at the James Street allotments, in South Hetton, on Tuesday, February 23, at 9.15pm.
Crews from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service extinguished the flames but tragically a Shetland pony and a number of other animals were killed in the blaze.
Officers have now confirmed the fire is being treated as a suspected arson attack and an investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Shocking pictures show a trail of devastation left at the site as number of allotment buildings were damaged or destroyed in the fire, which is believed to have been set deliberately.
Now they are appealing for anyone with information which could assist with the investigation to come forward and speak to officers.
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “Police were called by the fire service at 9.15pm on Tuesday (February 23) to a fire at James Street allotments, in South Hetton.
“Sadly, several animals died as a result of the fire, including a Shetland pony.
“Officers are treating the incident as arson, and an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
“Anyone with any information that could help the investigation is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 456 of February 23.
“Alternatively, information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”