Peterborough car firm hit by third arson in two months could shut

Cars destroyed and damaged in the blaze
Cars destroyed and damaged in the blaze
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A second hand car salesman hit by arsonists three times in just two months has said he may be forced to close his firm after the latest fire attack.

More than a dozen cars were damaged or destroyed in the latest attack at Winston Motors, in Saville Road, Westwood, Peterborough at midnight on Saturday, 24 January.

Cars destroyed and damaged in the blaze

Cars destroyed and damaged in the blaze

The previous arsons at the firm happened within the space of just five days, on 7 and 12 December 2014.

The owner of the business said he was too distressed to be named following the latest arson attack.

He said: “We have lost about 35 cars in the past two months as a result of what has happened.

“The cars are worth about £30-40,000 in total.

“I don’t know if we can afford to keep running the business with things like this happening.

“I don’t know how long it will take for the insurance firm to pay the money, so I don’t know how long we can keep running.

“It is very distressing, especially when it happens three times in such a short space of time.

“I am trying to make a living, but it seems there is nothing we can do.

“I don’t know why we have been targeted so often.”

The fire was in the lot at the back of the premises, but the damaged and destroyed cars, including BMWs, Volkswagens and Fords, have been moved to a space at the front of the building, at the side of Saville Road.

The firm has only been open for about a year, and the owner said he was planning on putting up a £1,000 reward for anyone with information about the arsons.

He said: “I only found out about the latest arson when I got into work at 9am on Saturday.

“The police have said there is no evidence, so I don’t know what we can do. It seems people can torch cars and get away with it.”

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue spokeswoman confirmed there had been three arsons at the site.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said they were investigating the latestblaze.

Anyone with information about any of the arsons is asked to call Cambridgeshire police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.