Arson leaves trail of destruction at yard

TARGET -- PPP Pallets on Wigwam Lane in Hucknall
TARGET -- PPP Pallets on Wigwam Lane in Hucknall

AN ARSON attack at a pallet yard in Hucknall has left a long-running business to deal with more than £20,000 worth of damage.

The blaze was started deliberately at PPP Pallets on the Wigwam Lane Industrial Estate.

Flames destroyed two vans and spread to a 44-foot lorry trailer.

Thankfully the fire didn’t engulf thousands of wooden pallets stacked around the premises.

The attack happened at 10.30 pm on Wednesday February 23 when the culprits are thought to have scaled a large fence at the back of the yard before torching the vans.

A spokesman for PPP, who has asked not to be named, said: “We have been operating at the site for more than 20 years without any serious trouble.

“We’ve had the odd bits and bobs of vandalism but I can’t believe this has happened.”

Another worker said: “This sort of thing is not just about risking people’s livelihoods, it could also have risked people’s lives.”

Ten firefighters were at the scene for more than an hour. They had to bring flames under control and stop them spreading.

Neil Chauntry was one of the Hucknall-based firefighters who tackled the arson.

He said: “It was pretty severe. One of the vans was completely destroyed. The firm was obviously closed at the time and the gates were locked. It was difficult for us to gain access.”

PPP specialises in new and reconditioned storage-pallets for sale across the Midlands and the north-east.

Part of its operation is a small fleet of seven vehicles for delivery of pallets. The vans destroyed were a five-year-old Renault and a three-year-old Iveco.

The police are investigating the fire and have reviewed footage from CCTV security cameras. Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 3009999 or the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.