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Anger as suspected arson attack burns park bench in The Croft, Sudbury




A park bench in Sudbury has been destroyed in a suspected arson attack, igniting the anger of the community.

Fire and Rescue Service attended The Croft, off Croft Road, where a bench by a boating lake had been set alight at 1am on Saturday.

The force had extinguished the flamed by 1.30am and passed on details to the police as it was suggested the fire was started deliberately.

The scene of a suspected arson attack on a bench that was sited on Mill Acre, near Croft Bridge in Sudbury Picture by Richard Marsham
The scene of a suspected arson attack on a bench that was sited on Mill Acre, near Croft Bridge in Sudbury Picture by Richard Marsham

Images of the burned bench led to social media reactions abhorring the actions of those responsible.

Rumours circulated that the burning entity was a memorial bench, but this has been denied.

Jodie Budd, deputy clerk at Sudbury Town Council - the body responsible for the park maintenance, said: "We are both shocked and saddened that a member, or members, of the public feel the necessity to do this.

The scene of a suspected arson attack on a bench that was sited on Mill Acre, near Croft Bridge in Sudbury Picture by Richard Marsham
The scene of a suspected arson attack on a bench that was sited on Mill Acre, near Croft Bridge in Sudbury Picture by Richard Marsham

"Originally we thought it was a memorial bench, but fortunately it wasn’t, however it is still an awful thing to have happened."

If you witnessed the incident, please call Suffolk police on 101.

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