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Owner Warned After Pontins Arson Attack

The landowner of a derelict seaside resort in Hemsby has been warned to secure the site after another arson attack.

On Tuesday 9th October, police and firefighters were alerted to another arson attack at a former Pontins resort. Firefighters arrived at 10:20 pm to a flaming building in Norfolk county.

Fire crews from across Norfolk including crews from Martham, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth and Acle, tackled the blaze throughout the night. An aerial appliance was also sent to the scene due to the severity of the attack.

Eyewitnesses reported that the fire could be seen from Beach Road and the flames were up to 10ft high.

No casualties have been reported as a result of the Pontins arson attack. However, the former holiday camp, which has now been closed for over 10 years, has been targeted for a number of arson attacks over the years.

Another recent fire had already created massive damage to the derelict building and required over 90 firefighters to tackle the blaze. The fire had been so severe, that a “flashover” explosion had spread throughout the building.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has now warned the landowner to make sufficient effort to secure the premises, to ensure there is no danger to locals. The owner has also been reminded of the responsibilities as a landowner of the derelict site.

Norfolk police have not taken the incident lightly and are conducting investigations, checking CCTV evidence and calling upon witnesses.

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Original Sources: BBC News | Eastern Daily Press | ITV News

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