Police investigation launched following arson attack at Dane Valley allotments

Two of the destroyed sheds belonged to an NHS worker Photo Ian Hardy

Police are investigating after sheds at Dane Valley allotments were destroyed by fire last night (April 18).

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called at 7:41pm to blazes at four sheds.

Kent Police has confirmed the fire is being treated as arson.

Photo Frank Leppard

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “At about 7.45pm on Saturday, April 18, Kent Police officers became aware of a fire at the allotments in Dane Valley Road, Margate.

“The fire was confirmed as suspicious by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and is now being investigated by police.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/66828/20. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Photo Ian Hardy

Two of the sheds, plus tools and seeds, destroyed belonged to an NHS staff member. A trampoline, swings and a playhouse on the site were also damaged.

The allotments have been targeted by arsonists previously with a spate of attacks in 2017 and 2018.


  1. Arsonists all over Thanet
    Why burn allotment sheds

    Still dreamland and pleasurama were arson. That was insurance.

    Holly Tree was arson.

    Don’t you just love living amongst arsonists. About time we put their blaze out once and for all.

  2. Those allotments have had more than their fair share of vandalism. Great shame. I hope there was CCTV in the area of someone going to or from the site.

  3. Don’t you just love school “holidays”?
    Parents whose kids came home smelling of smoke and bonfire… ask them what they were doing, and where they were doing it at 7pm on Saturday…
    My thoughts only…

    • Indeed – it was supposed “grown=ups” who were responsible for setting light to cars last week and putting holes in ambulance tyres the week before.

      Yes – there are a lot of “naughty children” out and about but where did they learn this behaviour from ? ? ?

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