The blaze caused around £2 million of damageMN-190829-203114009

Three charged over Peterborough arson that caused £2 million of damage to Hotpoint site

Three people have been charged with arson following a blaze that caused around £2 million of damage at the Hotpoint site in Peterborough.

Tuesday, 26th October 2021, 12:12 pm

Emergency services were called at about 7pm on 29 August 2019 with reports of the blaze at Hotpoint in Celta Road.

It was thought about £2 million worth of damage was caused to 48 trailers. No one was injured during the incident.

Craig Allpress, 21, of Blackmead in Orton Malborne, and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with arson causing damage worth £754,871 to HGV trailers and their contents, as well as criminal damage to white goods belonging to Hotpoint.

The 17-year-old has also been charged with further offences alongside Nathan Vinden, 21, of Gordon Avenue in Woodston, in connection with an incident at a building site off London Road in Hampton the previous day (28 August).

Both have been charged with arson causing £20,000 worth of damage at GKL building site, burglary of an Oasis Welfare Unit at the building site, including theft of keys to an excavator, and criminal damage to an excavator, fencing and tools.

All three have been notified of the charges this morning (Tuesday) and are due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on 12 November.

Four other men, two aged 18, and the others aged 21 and 22, who were all arrested as part of the investigation will have no further action taken against them.

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