Humberside

Arson attack destroys East Yorkshire cricket pavilion

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Media captionAn investigation is under way after a cricket pavilion in Howden, East Yorkshire, was destroyed in a fire

A fire that destroyed a cricket pavilion in an East Yorkshire town is thought to have been started deliberately, according to Humberside Police.

Fire crews were called to the Ashes Playing Field in the centre of Howden at 19:00 BST on Monday.

Nobody was injured in the blaze in the 1930s building.

Ch Insp Kirsty Tock has appealed for two boys seen near the scene before the fire started to come forward.

"Although thankfully no one was injured in the incident this is a well-used facility and a valued historic building. Its destruction is a significant loss to the community," said Ms Tock.

"Local neighbourhood police officers are patrolling in Howden. If anyone has information that would help to find those who caused this fire I would encourage them to come forward, either by speaking to an officer on patrol or contacting us by phone."

The site is in the centre of the town and is run by a charity. It was established by a local businessman in 1927.

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