Fundraising page set up to help family hit by logs arson
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