Arsonists shut Dagenham firm for months

MONTHS of repair work and �2million worth of damage are the result of a senseless arson attack on an industrial site. Six fire engines attended a blaze at Brett Aggregates sand and gravel wholesalers at Marks Warren Farm, Whalebone Lane North, Dagenham,

MONTHS of repair work and �2million worth of damage are the result of a senseless arson attack on an industrial site.

Six fire engines attended a blaze at Brett Aggregates sand and gravel wholesalers' at Marks Warren Farm, Whalebone Lane North, Dagenham, on February 21.

The affected section was sublet to a bagging company called GRS Bagging Ltd, who have had to stop trading from the site as a result of the fire.

National Production Manager at GRS Bagging, Graham Glasson, 43, said the damage had been tremendous.

He added: "The clean-up and rebuilding will take around four months. It's very upsetting.

"We supply directly to builders merchants. Hopefully, our customers have had no disruptions."

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He said seven directly employed members of GRS staff had been deployed at other company's sites.

Five arctic trailer units, three lorries, a trailer, a digger, and other pieces of equipment were badly damaged.

A police spokesperson said: "Three 14 year old boys from the Dagenham area were arrested during last weekend following an arson incident on the evening of Saturday 21st February 2009."

A number of spectators are said to have filmed the incident but police are asking anyone with information to contact DC Nathan Lee on 0208 217 5532 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

DC Lee said: "This incident has effected not only the owners of the quarry, but also those employed there. Thankfully the premises were empty and nobody was harmed.