Homeless person's bed and belongings destroyed by fire believed to have been started deliberately

The bedding and belongings of a person who was sleeping rough in Chichester have been destroyed by a fire police believe was started deliberately.

Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 1:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:51 pm
The state of the persons belongings this morning
The state of the persons belongings this morning

A bed had been laid out in the underpass under Oaklands Way and has been completely destroyed by the fire, which was reported to police at 1.55am (Tuesday 8).

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they had received a call about a 'small open fire' and one member of crew attended the scene to extinguish the fire with a foam extinguisher and one member of crew from Hampshire also attended.

It has since been covered up by a barricade

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "It was reported at 1.55am on Tuesday (January 8) to fire. It is believed to have been started deliberately. Witnesses or information can be reported online quoting serial 71 of 8/1."

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service added that there is currently no investigation from West Sussex Fire and Rescue into the fire.