Clothes for charity set ablaze
ARSONISTS torched clothes being collected for charity at recycling banks.
Vandals set fire to three metal containers in the car park of the Tesco store in Transit Way, Honicknowle, just before 5am yesterday morning.
Firefighters doused the flames but piles of clothes were burnt and left strewn on the ground to spoil in the rain on New Year's Day.
The paintwork of the recycling banks, each over 6ft tall, was badly scorched.
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The containers are used to collect clothes and shoes for the British Red Cross.
A spokesman for Devon Fire and Rescue Service said a crew from Camels Head station found all three recycling banks well alight.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus and a hose reel to extinguish the flames.
The crew also used a thermal imaging camera to locate "hotpsots" among the clothes to ensure the fire was fully out.
The brigade said the blaze was started deliberately.