Wisbech family’s appeal to flytippers after arson attack

Alice Robinson with her youngsters Maisie Boness (4) and Archie Boness (1) in the back garden, with the new fence now in place after the rubbish fire. ANL-150606-094436009
Alice Robinson with her youngsters Maisie Boness (4) and Archie Boness (1) in the back garden, with the new fence now in place after the rubbish fire. ANL-150606-094436009
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A Wisbech mother is calling for action to be taken against flytipping near her home to stop further arson attacks.

Alice Robinson and partner Aaron Boness were woken by concerned neighbours after the fence at their home in Lewellen Terrace was alight during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Lewellen Terrace fire

Lewellen Terrace fire

This is the second time the fence has been on fire in 10 months. In August last year their fence and shed were destroyed by flames.

The couple, who have two children – Maisie, four, and Archie, one – blame the problem on the rubbish which is regularly dumped by flytippers in an alleyway behind their home.

Miss Robinson said arsonists had set fire to a bed base and carpet which caused a dumped fridge to explode and damage the fence.

She said: “I would like these people to stop dumping their rubbish there all the time. It is putting our lives at risk.

“The rubbish is there every day.”

The alarm was raised on Thursday morning by Miss Robinson’s stepfather and neighbour, Mark Wakefield, who had spotted the fence was alight. Other neighbours also banged on their door.

Miss Robinson said: “They were throwing buckets of water on the fire.”

Two crews from Wisbech fire station attended and put out the fire. They have confirmed the fire was deliberate.

A trampoline and two fence panels were damaged in this fire.

In August last year, the family estimate they lost £1,500 worth of goods after the fence and shed, containing two quad bikes, were damaged by fire.

The couple’s landlord has already replaced the fence panels.

A Fenland District Council spokesman said:“We are in touch with Miss Robinson about this problem and are looking into it to try to establish who may be to blame. As in all cases of flytipping that get reported to us, we will seek to gather the necessary evidence to take action against those responsible.”