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Holy Island hut damaged in blaze

This weeks readers picture is sent in by Andy Howey who has phootgraphed Lindisfarne Castle through a wall while visiting Holy Island

This weeks readers picture is sent in by Andy Howey who has phootgraphed Lindisfarne Castle through a wall while visiting Holy Island

Northumbria Police have arrested and questioned a man over a fire that nearly destroyed a tourist attraction on Holy Island

Seal Hut was built out of wood and stone by tourists, from materials that they had found on the Island’s beaches.

It also contained a book in which visitors could write their thoughts.

The hut’s roof has was completely destroyed by the fire that broke out on Wednesday, and which is believed to have been started deliberately.

At just after 3pm on Wednesday, Humber Coastguard was notified of black smoke on the dunes by tourists and dispatched its island team.

Local coastguards searched the area and discovered the hut on fire.

They returned to the village where they met a Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service crew which had been dispatched from Berwick.

The coastguards transported the crew in their 4x4 vehicle to the hut, where the fire was put out after around 20 minutes having damaged the structure and destroyed its roof.

Discovered inside the hut were tyres, suggesting the fire had been started deliberately.

 

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