Councillor shares 'disgust and disappointment' following Cleethorpes arson attacks

-Credit: (Image: Donna Clifford/Grimsby Live)
-Credit: (Image: Donna Clifford/Grimsby Live)


A local councillor has spoken of his "disgust and utter disappointment" after the former site of The Jungle Zoo and temporary toilets in Cleethorpes were targeted by arsonists in the same week.

Shortly after 11pm on Thursday night, crews from Humberside Fire and Rescue were called to reports of a fire at the derelict building on Kings Road, which closed to the public in late 2022. It took four fire engines to extinguish the blaze, and crews left the scene at around 12.45am.

As a result of the incident, the building - which is owned by North East Lincolnshire Council - has been completely destroyed throughout. The cause of the fire has been labelled as arson, and police have subsequently launched an investigation.

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The blaze happened just days after the temporary toilets on Pier Gardens - which were put in place just weeks ago ahead of the busy summer months - were set on fire. Fire crews were called to the area at around 3am on Tuesday morning.

Cllr Hayden Dawkins, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and the Visitor Economy at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The fire service has now confirmed this fire at the former Jungle Zoo was started deliberately, as was the case in Pier Gardens. I can only express my disgust, and utter disappointment that people believe it is OK to trespass on property and act in this way.

The aftermath of the fire at The Jungle Zoo -Credit:Grimsby Live
The aftermath of the fire at The Jungle Zoo -Credit:Grimsby Live

"This is not only mindless vandalism in our resort, but also potentially very dangerous and puts an extra strain on our hard-working emergency services.”

A Council spokesperson said: "The council can confirm it owns the former Jungle Zoo site, which had been made secure before this fire. The authority was informed of the incident last night and will be assisting fully with any subsequent investigation."

Three of the portable toilets were destroyed -Credit:Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive
Three of the portable toilets were destroyed -Credit:Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive

Humberside Police is urging anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

A spokesperson said: "Emergency services were called to a fire at a premise on Kings Road, Cleethorpes shortly after 11pm yesterday evening, Thursday 4 July.

"Thankfully nobody is believed to have been injured as a result of this incident.

"Investigations are now underway to establish the cause of the fire and anyone with information, that has not already spoken to us is asked to call our non-emergency 101 line quoting log 629 of 4 July or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."