Police make arrests after fire at RAF Upwood
- Credit: Archant
Three eighteen-year-old men and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of arson following an incident at the RAF Upwood airfield.
Police cars and a helicopter were deployed after a fire at a building on the disused base at 6.44pm last night (Thursday).
The three teenagers remained in custody at Thorpe Wood police station today (Friday).
Claire Webster, 24, a recruitment consultant who lives on nearby Hart Road, said: “When I first looked just after 8pm there were three police cars there and the helicopter. A little while later a fire engine showed up, I couldn’t see a fire as I think it was further into the base - close to the business units - but there was a large group of people and police waiting around.
“They seemed to have gone by the time it got dark – but there were still a few vehicles and people with torches out there until about midnight.”
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She said that there had been incidents involving young people climbing the fence behind her house to access the base.
She added: “The neighbourhood is very quiet in general – with nice public greens for children to play on – but it seems that children must get to an age when there isn’t enough for them to do in Upwood or Bury.”
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