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Arson - Standlake

Detectives in Witney are appealing for information following a suspected arson at an egg packing company in Standlake last night (28/10).

Officers were called by the fire service to the large fire at Deans Farm, on the Lakeside Industrial Estate, at shortly after 11pm. Five lorries and trailers containing eggs were severely damaged in the blaze and roads either side of the site had to be closed until the early hours of the morning.

Det Con Jill Morton, investigating the incident, said: "Thankfully no-one was injured and the prompt actions of the fire service prevented the situation from worsening.

"However, this fire was extremely serious, has caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage and required several hours of the emergency services' valuable time. It is vital that anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area last night, or who has any other information that may assist the inquiry, contact Witney CID as soon as possible."

The investigation team can be contacted via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or, if you don't wish to speak to police or leave your name, you can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 29/10/2006 11:19:58

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