AN ALERT police officer may have saved Newquay’s railway station from being destroyed in an alleged arson attack on New Year’s Eve, when officers responded to dozens of incidents in the Bodmin-Wadebridge and Newquay policing sector.
In Bodmin alone, officers were forced to respond to 13 emergency calls, the majority of a domestic nature.
A man was arrested at Newquay railway station at 3.55am after PC Russell Speller, who was on patrol in the area, smelt burning and discovered a male near a wooden shed at the station.
He found a small fire in the shed and arrested the male.
Sergeant Reggie Butler and Inspector Ian Drummond-Smith attended from Newquay Police Station, with fire extinguishers, and Sergeant Butler entered the shed and quickly put the fire out.
Mr Drummond-Smith said: “This was a serious incident. If the shed had caught properly we could have lost the entire railway station. The wooden shed is directly under the wooden station canopy. This was a great spot by PC Speller. The case has now been handed to British Transport Police.”
The man arrested was a 23-year-old from Paignton.
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