Hubbard’s Hills shelter damaged by fire

Hubbard's Hills Trustees, Andrew Leonard and Jill Makinson-Sanders, at the damaged shelter. EMN-150906-073836001
Hubbard's Hills Trustees, Andrew Leonard and Jill Makinson-Sanders, at the damaged shelter. EMN-150906-073836001

A wooden rain shelter at Hubbard’s Hills has been damaged by fire over the weekend, in an apparent act of arson.

The damage was caused overnight on June 6-7, with firefighters attending the scene shortly after 6am on Monday.

It is disappointing that as we enter the summer season, one of the iconic features in the Hills is left so visibly scarred.

Chairman of Hubbard’s Hills Trust, Andrew Leonard

A nearby bin was also badly damaged by fire.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue have said that the fires were caused by “a number of disposable BBQs discarded carelessly”, but the Chairman of Hubbard’s Hills Trust, Andrew Leonard, believes that the damage to the shelter was an act of vandalism.

Mr Leonard said: “It is sheer luck that the structure is still there and not a pile of ash. We don’t know what motivates these people, just as the three teenagers were convicted of damage to the nearby concrete bridge could not explain why they acted as they did.

“It is disappointing that as we enter the summer season, one of the iconic features in the Hills is left so visibly scarred and whilst we think we can repair the shelter, it is an unexpected cost and an inconvenience to our many visitors to the town’s beauty spot.”

Mr Leonard added that a generous reward is now being offered for information leading to the conviction of those involved.

The shelter was one of three bought for the Hills, at a cost of £100, by the MP Sir Robert Perks to mark the official opening in August 1907. It has been a popular spot for visitors ever since.

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