More trouble in Berkhamsted’s Gossoms End: firefighters say post box blaze was started deliberately


Firefighters who were called out earlier this afternoon to tackle a smoking post box in Gossoms End say it may have been started deliberately.

A crew from Berkhamsted Fire Station rushed out to stop the blaze from getting any worse after a call-out just after 4pm.

Dry powder rather than water was used to put out the flames, so that as much post as possible could be saved from destruction. The blaze was extinguished within 10 minutes.

Herts County Council’s cabinet member for community safety Richard Thake said: “Arson puts lives and property at risk.

“It is a criminal offence under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

“Our message is simple – we will not tolerate arson in Hertfordshire and we will continue to work with our partners to stamp it out.”

Today’s post box fire is not the first time mischief has been caused in Gossoms End.

Last year, Berkhamsted Town Council clerk Gary Cox complained that miscreant youngsters were taking drugs, having sex and committing antisocial behaviour in the area’s Lagley Meadow Recreation Ground

Manager of Happy Days Pre-school Mel Davis later complained about broken glass and bottles being dumped in her playground