Intruders who lit fires in former BHS site in Gloucester defecated and urinated in stairwell

A group of offenders broke into a shop that is being redeveloped in Gloucester last night and lit multiple fires, as well as urinating and defecating at the scene. Eastgate Street in Gloucester was closed off late last night as investigations were carried out into the fire at the former BHS site in the city. Police said that at around 10.40pm on Thursday (October 8) that Eastgate Street was closed off between the Eastgate Shopping Centre and Boots while police and fire services attended an “ongoing incident”.

They issued a second update shortly after midnight indicating fire services had left the scene and police were finishing investigations. The former BHS is being turned into a Primark store. Gloucestershire Police has now confirmed that as much as GBP38,000 worth of damage was caused by the offenders who lit a fire on the ground floor and another in a wheelie bin on the second floor.

The first fire was started on the seat of a dumper truck valued at around GBP8,000 and spread to a trailer worth GBP30,000. Offenders had also defecated and urinated in a stairwell on the property. All fires are being considered as deliberate and police are now appealing for anyone who has any information about the activity at the site to come forward.

The site of the old BHS store in Eastgate Street, Gloucester

Their statement said: “Gloucestershire Fire Service and Gloucestershire Police were called to Eastgate Street at around 10.10pm yesterday following reports that smoke was coming from the building.

“Unknown offenders are believed to have entered the building and have started a fire on the ground floor on the seat of a dumper truck valued at around GBP8000. “The fire then spread to a nearby trailer worth around GBP30,000. Another fire was also started in a wheelie bin on the second floor.

For the latest crime news and information near you, enter your postcode in the bow below. “It was also found that offenders had defecated and urinated on a stairwell during the incident. “Police believe the property was deliberately set on fire causing considerable damage.

“Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and may have witnessed the fire or any suspicious activity.

“Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101, quoting incident 482 of 8 October and ask to speak to Inspector Forbes-George.

“Alternatively information can be submitted by completing the online form and referencing the incident number.”

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