Suspected arson at Bexhill council depot destroys 500 bins

Hundreds of wheelie bins at a recycling depot in East Sussex have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) were called to the yard in London Road, Bexhill, at 04:30 BST.

The fire destroyed about 500 wheelie bins, as well as pallets of waste and recycling boxes belonging to Rother District Council.

A spokesman for ESFRS said it appeared the fire had been started deliberately. Crews remain at the scene.

John Owen, the incident commander, said: "It was quite a severe fire, with the flames reaching 30ft high.

"We managed to save a substantial amount of bins at the yard."

Malcolm Johnston, the council's director of resources, said the fire would not affect waste and recycling collection services.

Sussex Police said the wheelie bins had an estimated value of about £10,000. Two road sweeping machines were also vandalised.

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