Loughborough canal group to get new boat after arson attack

image captionThe boat was completely destroyed in the fire

A canal conservation group that had its boat destroyed in an arson attack is to get a new one built.

The Clear Cut Conservation group faced the possibility of abandoning their work after the fire on 2 May, in Leicestershire.

The volunteer group had taken two years to restore the boat, used to clear local canals.

Boatyard owner Mark Harris, who will build the boat, said he was organising parts, including a new motor.

Volunteer Jane Johnson said: "What a difference a week makes - this time last week we were all devastated.

"We thought we would not be able to set up again - at least not as quickly if we ever we could, but this is wonderful."

Organiser Jo Swift added: "It is totally overwhelming. Just over a week ago we were left with no boat and no engine and everything looked so hopeless... and then our local community were so generous."

The group originally bought their boat in 2010 after winning a £3,000 community award.

Leicestershire Police are investigating the arson attack.

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