Year of vandalism ends in arson attack

Jeremy Sampson. with burned out vehicles in Lower Dicker. SUS-141217-161542001
Jeremy Sampson. with burned out vehicles in Lower Dicker. SUS-141217-161542001

A man who had five vehicles damaged by fire after an arson attack at his premises in Lower Dicker says he hopes the culprits are brought to justice.

Jeremy Sampson said two of his vehicles were completely destroyed by the blaze on his land in Camberlot Road.

The fire was so severe it damaged three others in the process including a tractor.

Mr Sampson, who is an agricultural contractor, said he relies on the vehicles for his business and the arson has had a profound effect on him.

He said, “Two of the vehicles have been completely destroyed.

“And two of them are normally in use.

“I just really hope that justice is done and I hope that the police can find the culprits and do what they need to do.

“I have found this very stressful and it has really had an effect on me. It’s the last thing I needed in the run-up to Christmas.”

The vehicles were parked in a yard at Mr Sampson’s home.The fire broke out at the premises on Monday evening at around 7pm.

Mr Sampson said: “I was out at the time. I called home, and they said they were about to phone me - my parents had called the fire brigade because there was a large fire in the yard.

“Two vehicles were set on fire, damaging three other vehicles in the process.”

Mr Sampson said it is not the first time his premises has been targeted.

He added: “I have had eight other vehicles vandalised in the last 12 months.

“I have had the vehicles here for more than 10 years without any trouble, but this year there has been a spate of incidents.”

The vehicles destroyed when the yard was torched were both Volvo Estates. Damaged along with the tractor were another Volvo and a Morris Oxford.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was started on purpose.

Crews were called to the scene at 7pm.

It took more than an hour to control the blaze and make the scene safe, the service said.

A spokesman said, “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called out to a deliberate fire in Lower Dicker involving four vehicles and a tractor.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire with two hose reels at an address in Camberlot Road last night [December 15] at 7pm.

“The crew spent time damping down and making the area safe and left the incident by 8.23pm.”

If you saw anything suspicious in the Camberlot Road area or have any information about the incident, please call Sussex Police on its non-emergency number 101.

Elsewhere, firefighters were sent to a property in Woodside Way, Hailsham, on Sunday afternoon where there was a chimney on fire.

The service’s aerial ladder platform gave firefighters access to the roof area, where they were able to tackle the fire with one hose reel jet.