Sussex

Newhaven cliff top fires 'were deliberate'

Fires above Newhaven
Image caption Three men were spotted shortly after the fires were discovered, police said

Arsonists are being blamed for a number of fires on a East Sussex cliff top over the weekend.

A group of suspected arsonists is thought to have started a number of fires on the cliff top above Newhaven on Saturday night, Sussex Police said.

A large area of gorse was destroyed in the fire on Castle Hill at about 23:00 BST and there were a number of other smaller fires in the area.

Three men, all aged about 18 and described as white, were seen nearby.

They were spotted running from a caravan site and getting into a blue hatchback car at about 23:30, police said.

At the height of the blaze, eight fire engines were sent to the scene.

PC Jonathan Attfield said: "In the windy conditions, this could have had far more serious consequences.

"At one time, the fire encroached on a nearby caravan site, but firefighters were able to bring it under control."

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