Arson suspected after caravan burnt to the ground in Grantham

The remains of the burnt out caravan being removed from Shanklin Drive this morning. Photo by Chris Senior.
The remains of the burnt out caravan being removed from Shanklin Drive this morning. Photo by Chris Senior.

The burnt wreckage of a caravan which South Kesteven District Council had repeatedly ordered to be removed was discovered on Shanklin Drive on Saturday.

Resident Chris Senior had reported to the council that the caravan had been left blocking neighbours’ garages on October 12, and despite notices being served on the vehicle ordering its removal it had remained there until this weekend.

Mr Senior said: “It’s disgusting how it has been left there. It was a hazard to everyone driving past parked with no lights on and on a narrow road.”

He also understands from others that the caravan was previously seen parked on Dysart Road and Ambergate Walk.

“The council put notices up but it seems that it was just moved and then the whole process had to start again,” Mr Senior added.

An SKDC spokesperson confirmed: “We served notice on the caravan which was located on public land under removal and disposal of vehicles regulations.”

Last week a final notice ordering that the caravan be removed was seen by Mr Senior, and then on returning home from work at 7am on Saturday he could smell burning.

He then discovered from photos on a Facebook group that the caravan had been on fire, and that the blaze had caused damage to neighbouring cars.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue confirmed that one crew from Grantham attended and that two hose reels and breathing apparatus were used, while police were also called to the incident at 1.30am.

No one was injured and police say they believe the fire was started deliberately and are working with the fire service to determine by what means.

Enquiries have been carried out in the area and officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything relating to the fire.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident 26 of November 8.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In the meantime the council organised for the remains of the vehicle to be removed this morning.