Fundrais­ing page set up to help fam­ily hit by logs ar­son

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

A fire which dev­as­tated a fam­ily busi­ness is be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious by po­lice.

An es­ti­mated £20k worth of logs and ma­chin­ery went up in smoke at a yard off How­field Lane, Chartham Hatch, after thieves broke into the site us­ing an an­gle grinder.

They stole a bench saw after cov­er­ing sea­soned logs ready for sale in diesel and set­ting them alight on Thurs­day night.

Po­lice are now ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the blaze, which has all but de­stroyed the lon­grun­ning Thom­spon fam­ily busi­ness run by Ivan, Jim and Terry.

To help fi­nan­cially sup­port the fam­ily, who have no busi­ness in­sur­ance, a Just­giv­ing page has been set up in the hope of rais­ing £10,000. So far, £800 has been raised. Fam­ily friend Gin­ger Ben­nett, who set up the fundrais­ing page, said: “It is im­pos­si­ble to in­sure against this type of busi­ness, so who­ever did this must have known their ac­tions would have an apoc­a­lyp­tic ef­fect on the Thomp­son fam­ily with rent, food, bills still to pay, but no means to be able to meet these com­mit­ments.”

To do­nate visit www.just­giv­ing.com/crowd­fund­ing/thomp­son­fire.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101, quot­ing 02-1404.

A fire at Chartham Hatch is be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious

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