Arson attack razes shed on allotments

Bourton Road Allotments shed fire.From the left,Ray Neale,Mike Duncan and Ron Jerrams. 120410M-A016
Bourton Road Allotments shed fire.From the left,Ray Neale,Mike Duncan and Ron Jerrams. 120410M-A016

A GARDEN shed containing gardening equipment was burnt to the ground in an arson attack at Bourton Road allotments, Buckingham, in the small hours of Saturday morning.

The fire, which took hold at about 4am, totally destroyed the 6ft x 8ft shed belonging to the allotment committee, which contained equipment including two Stihl strimmers and a combi-engine with attachments, used to maintain the shared areas.

Chairman of the Bourton Road Allotments Society, Ron Jerrams, also lost a new plum tree, two apple trees, raspberry canes and gooseberry bushes.

A tree next to the shed went up in flames.

Eyewitnesses Andy and Sally Cooper, whose home overlooks the site, were among those who called the fire brigade.

Retired deputy headteacher Mr Cooper said: “Sally woke up just before 4am seeing lights against the bedroom window.

“We looked out and the tree was like a roman candle. It really was blazing away, so we phoned the fire brigade. Flames were really leaping up and the sheds on either side were alight.

“It’s a great shame, people work so hard on the allotments. A lot of retired people put a lot of time and effort in.”

Mr Jerrams said the fire engine was unable to get into the lane onto the allotments due to the number of parked cars in Bourton Road. It had to go round to Treefields, where firefighters used two hoses over the fence to put the fire out.