POLICE are treating a fire which ‘severely damaged’ a shooting centre as arson.
Suffolk Police have launched an investigation into the blaze which ripped through the clubhouse at Lakenheath Clay Target Centre on Saturday morning.
About 50 to 60 firefighters attended the incident, in Brandon Road, Eriswell, which took nearly four hours to bring under control.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the cause ‘appeared to be deliberate’.
A police spokeswoman added: “We are treating the incident as an arson and it is being investigated.”
In a statement issued on the club’s website on Saturday, owner Pete Usher said the clubhouse had been ‘severely damaged and put out of commission’.
He said: “To see my club in such a terrible state was heart-breaking and especially upsetting for my staff who were all totally devastated.
“Working with my brokers and the loss adjuster, every effort is being made to get Lakenheath open again next week.
“I would like to thank all of you that have sent texts and emails of best wishes and offers of support at this dreadful time. I can’t tell you how encouraging this has been.”
A separate statement released on Tuesday from the centre’s team said a temporary office had been set up and they hoped to continue shooting school lessons from tomorrow.
It added: “Sadly the restaurant and bar have been destroyed along with the rest of the clubhouse. This means we are unable to offer any of these facilities including carverys for the rest of the year.”
For further details about the centre visit www.lctc.co.uk
Anyone with information about the incident should contact DC Sam Jenkins at Bury CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.