Five vehicles damaged in arson attack in Lower Dicker

Burned out vehicles in Lower Dicker.
Burned out vehicles in Lower Dicker.

A man who had five vehicles damaged by fire in an arson attack at his premises in Lower Dicker says he hopes the perpertrators are brought to justice.

Jeremy Sampson said two of his vehicles were completely destroyed by fire on his land in Camberlot Road.

The fire was so severe it damaged three others in the process, including a tractor.

Mr Sampson, who is an agricultural contractor, said he relies on the vehicles for his business and the arson has had a profound affect on him.

He said: “Two of the vehicles have been completely destroyed.

“And two of them are usually in use.

“I just really hope that justice is done and I hope that the police can find the culprits and do what they need to do.

“I have found this very stressful and it has really had an affect on me.”

The fire started at the premises on Monday evening (December 15) at around 7pm.

Mr Sampson said: “I was out at the time.

“I called home, and they said they were about to phone me, because my parents had called the fire brigade, because there was a large fire in the yard.

“Two vehicles were set on fire, damaging three other vehicles in the process.”

Mr Sampson said it is not the first time his premises has been targeted.

He added: “I have had a spate of incidents this year.

“I have had the vehicles here for over ten years without any trouble, but this year there has been a spate of incidents.

“In the last 12 months eight vehicles have been vandalised.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was believed to be deliberate.

It took more than an hour to control the blaze and make the scene safe, the service said.

A spokesman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called out to a deliberate fire in Lower Dicker involving four vehicles and a tractor.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire with two hose reels at a field in Camberlot Road last night (December 15) at 7pm.

“The crew spent time damping down and making the area safe and left the incident by 8.23pm.”

If you saw anything suspicious or have any information about the incident, witnesses are asked to call Sussex Police on its non-emergency number 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk