Woman complains police gave 'no support' after fires
A CHAWLEIGH woman has accused Devon and Cornwall Police of a lack of support more than four months after she was the victim of a suspected double arson attack.
However, the police say they have conducted numerous site visits and their investigation is complete.
Two fires on March 28 and 29 this year, saw four cars, two caravans and numerous items including gas cylinders, a polytunnel and hay bales destroyed.
After more than four months Linda Elt said she had not been able to meet police at the site to discuss the incident.
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She said: "Nobody will come and explain to me what happened. They haven't even told me where they managed to stop the fire on the first night, and where it started from on the second.
"That's the problem for most victims, it's asking the questions and not getting the answers – and I don't want to get rid of anything until I get some answers."
It is believed that more than £30,000 of damage was caused during the two incidents.
Linda said that following the fires she received no support from the police despite losing most of her life possessions.
She said: "As far as I understood everything had gone. It took me nine days before I discovered that the mobile home was still here.
"When I got here the fire brigade had just moved everything around so trying to work out what was where and just exactly what has been destroyed is impossible.
"A couple of weeks back I was going to get some parts out of the cars that were destroyed and a mechanic friend of mine said there was no way that I should be doing that – it was far too dangerous.
"This is the type of thing I should be told by the police. I was just going to do it and would have known none the better."
A Police spokesman said that extensive contact had been made with Mrs Elt throughout the investigation – including site visits – and that all lines of inquiry had been concluded.