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Suspected arson attack at scrapyard in Barking causes £500,000 worth of damage

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 December 2018

Around 20 cars and buildings were damaged in the fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. Picture: Barking and Dagenham Police

Around 20 cars and buildings were damaged in the fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. Picture: Barking and Dagenham Police

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspected arson attack in Barking.

The fire took place in a yard in River Road near the junction of Atcost Road. Picture:  Barking and Dagenham PoliceThe fire took place in a yard in River Road near the junction of Atcost Road. Picture: Barking and Dagenham Police

The fire brigade were called shortly after 4.21am on December 1 to reports of a scrapyard in River Road on fire.

The yard, on the junction of Atcost Road, contained cars, skips and shipping containers.

The fire was put under control by six crews just before 7am. Fire crews from Barking attended.

A spokeswoman from the fire brigade said 20 cars and containers were damaged.

Barking and Dagenham Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward who may have information on the incident.

On their Twitter page, they said vehicles and buildings worth up to half a million pounds were damaged in the blaze.

A spokesman from Barking and Dagenham Police said: “The investigation is in its early stages, no arrests have been made.”

You can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to give information on the incident.

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