THE names of the mindless arsonists who destroyed part of a doctors surgery should be reported to police to help safeguard a community and its facilities, councillors said this week. Firefighters spent more than nine hours on Saturday night battling to
THE names of the 'mindless' arsonists who destroyed part of a doctors' surgery should be reported to police to help safeguard a community and its facilities, councillors said this week.
Firefighters spent more than nine hours on Saturday night battling to save the Acorn pharmacy - part of the multi-million-pound Oak Tree Centre in Oak Drive, Huntingdon - but the building was left gutted.
The fire had been started in a wheelie bin but the flames spread to the new Acorn health complex, which was opened to the public only last summer.
An eyewitness told The Hunts Post he had seen a group of youths hanging around the area at 11pm on Saturday evening - just before the fire started. And councillors yesterday (Tuesday) urged anyone with information about attack to go to the police.
John Morgan, town councillor for Huntingdon north, said: "Just when we are starting to get it right, the mindless element strikes.
"Someone in the community knows who did this. It is not a lark to put people's health at risk."
District councillor Jeff Dutton added: "I would appeal to parents: Do you know where your child was on Saturday night? It is always someone else who suffers from these acts of mindless vandalism."
Huntingdon mayor Jennifer Sarabia said she was 'devastated' to learn of the attack.
The doctors' surgery remains open to patients.