Homeless camp near Chichester destroyed in arson attack

The belongings of homeless people were completely destroyed in an arson attack at the weekend.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 4:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 4:30 pm

West Sussex Fire and Rescue service were called to reports of a 'makeshift shed-like structure' on fire on Terminus Road near the Firshbourne Roundabout.

Pictures show the remnants of belongings surrounded by ash on a wheeled structure.

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Part of the wheeled structure

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to reports of a fire on Terminus Road near the Fishbourne Roundabout in Chichester on Sunday February 2 at 1.50pm.

“One crew from Chichester attended and upon arrival found a makeshift shed-like structure on fire. They used one hose reel to extinguish the fire, but the property was completely destroyed.

“They left the scene at 2.40pm.”

Sussex Police received a third party report of the deliberate ignition of a tent, sleeping bag and clothing in Terminus Road, Chichester.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 912 of 02/02.

This is the third attack on members of the homeless community this year with the bedding and belongings two homeless men also destroyed by arson in Northgate in January.