Revamped seafront Redcar shelter destroyed in suspected arson attack

Destroyed Redcar Shelter Image copyright Coun Neil Baldwin
Image caption It is the second time arsonists have targeted a shelter at the revamped seafront, Coatham ward councillor Neil Baldwin said

Arsonists are being blamed for a fire which has destroyed a shelter on Redcar's revamped seafront for the second time in less than a year.

Two fire crews attended the blaze at the Esplanade opposite Pacitto's ice cream parlour just after 22:00 BST on Saturday.

The shelters were built as part of the £30m seafront revamp two years ago.

Cleveland Fire Brigade said the blaze was being treated as malicious and police were investigating.

Councillor Neil Baldwin said the shelter had been "completely destroyed" in the blaze.

"It's just bizarre, the damage looks awful. You've got to ask yourself what pleasure these people get out of doing this. I'm speechless.

"The fire brigade had to peel the roof off to put the fire out and the shelter looks completely destroyed."

Image copyright Coun Neil Baldwin
Image caption The shelter was only built 18 months ago

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