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Homeless person's tent burnt to ground in Newbury

Suspected arson at canal bank location

Jane Meredith

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Homeless person's tent burnt to ground in Newbury

A TENT believed to belong to a homeless person in Newbury was burnt to the ground in a suspected arson this afternoon (Tues).

One pump from Newbury Fire Station was called at 3.20pm to an island in the Kennet and Avon Canal, situated between the canal and River Kennet, off the towpath behind Newbury FC's grounds.

Firefighters found a tent well alight, surrounded by several scattered personal belongings.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze using buckets of water.

No-one was inside the tent, or hurt.

The cause was put down to a suspected arson.

Firefighters left the scene at 4.30pm.

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  • DonCossack

    09/02/2017 - 00:12

    OK, so I talk to one of the homeless men in Newbury. It's happened to him 2 or 3 times. This is by no means an accident, they're being targeted for certain. There's a good chance that this was his tent ONCE AGAIN. It actually takes the piss, i've seen the bloke looking distraught on the day after more than once. The little he has will have been lost here. Is there anything that can be done to stop it? Who knows. I've told him to move from Northcroft, it's obviously someone in the area, or somebody who frequents the area that has done this. The last time this happened to him was back in december and he'd had to just sleep out in the cold with nothing but the clothes on his back and a sleeping bag one of his friends had given him, we went online and checked weather station recordings just to see how cold it was and at one point it was as low as -8. Must be shit to go back to your tent with all you have only to find it in ashes and knowing you've got another night exposed to the cold.

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  • Ihavenonickname

    07/02/2017 - 18:06

    That's what happens when local newspapers, radio and TV run news stories about the homeless of Newbury sleeping in tents! You've all been a great help!

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    • Bombey

      08/02/2017 - 11:11

      yes. because up until then, no one knew...

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    • NewburyLad

      07/02/2017 - 19:07

      Or the idiot didn't turn off his camp cooker properly, or never put a ciggy butt out properly before wandering off into town. But if you have evidence that the local newspaper or TV caused this fire, do come forward with the evidence won't you. Do let us know.

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      • DonCossack

        09/02/2017 - 01:01

        Somebody has been going round burning the tents. it's been happening for a while now, this is just the first you're hearing about it.

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      • sayitasitis

        07/02/2017 - 23:11

        And what evidence do you have to imply this person is an idiot? Or is the fact that he's homeless proof enough in your mind?

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        • NewburyLad

          07/02/2017 - 23:11

          If, as I say, you forget to turn off a lighted device or throw a ciggy butt away to start a fire you are indeed an idiot.

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