26 July 2013

Western Greyhound Fire: 3 Arrests

Three arrested after Western Greyhound bus depot fire in Newquay   Cornish Guardian

The Cornish Guardian:

THREE men have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire that ripped through a bus depot destroying £1.5 million worth of vehicles and equipment in Newquay.

Fire crews from across mid-Cornwall were called to the blaze at the Western Greyhound bus depot at Summercourt at about 1am on May 13.

Yesterday two men from Bristol, aged 43 and 18, were arrested by Devon and Cornwall officers. They were interviewed at Launceston police station and have been released on police bail until December 16 pending further enquiries.



We will clearly have to wait till December by the look of it before we find out more about this. It seems odd – I was expecting it to have been kids, At least it seems that the police are getting somewhere in their investigations.

In the meantime business goes on and the buses that have been hired in remain at work and a few can be seen popping in and out of Plymouth from time to time. Thanks to Richard for the following shots:

Blackpool in Plymouth Wardle IMG_4106 WGL Loans
All ©Richard Smith


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  • K803 ORL has been the only Plymouth based vehicle which is still aged enough to have some steps to climb before you get the chance to lounge in comfort upon her duel purpose seating PTOTPA
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  • But this? This was different. It’s difficult to come to terms with it. It has the power to change things. Omnibuses
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