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Fire destroys Clarklands Naturist Spa in Sawbridgeworth 10 days after arson attack on car at premises



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Police investigating two fires in 10 days at a naturist spa and massage parlour are treating them as arson.

The blazes happened at Clarklands Naturist Spa in Sawbridgeworth which four months ago was the target of a police raid and resulted in two people being arrested on suspicion of keeping a brothel.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a large shed on fire on the Clarklands industrial estate in Parsonage Lane just before 11.30pm on Saturday night (April 9).

The fire service was called to Clarklands Naturist Spa at 11.30pm on Saturday April 9
The fire service was called to Clarklands Naturist Spa at 11.30pm on Saturday April 9

Fire crews from Sawbridgeworth, Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow sent to the scene found a single-storey wooden building around 60% alight. They extinguished the blaze by 12.25am.

A spokesman for the service said: "Our fire investigation team are working with the police to determine the cause of the fire."

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said they were treating Saturday's fire and a vehicle fire at the site on March 30 as arson.

Firefighters found 60% of the wooden single-storey building alight
Firefighters found 60% of the wooden single-storey building alight

"Enquiries are continuing into both incidents, and part of the investigation is exploring the possibility the two are linked," he said.

Anyone with information about Saturday’s incident is asked to call 101, quoting reference 41/28269/22. You can also report information online or use online web chat. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit its website.

On the afternoon of Wednesday March 30 firefighters were called to a car fire at the spa. According to a witness, a hooded man was seen running away. The fire started in an Audi S3 belonging to a woman working at the spa and spread to a hedge. Three fire and rescue crews from Stortford, Hertford and Harlow attended.

A 35-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of keeping a brothel after the spa was raided on December 16 last year. The man was also arrested for possessing suspected class A drugs. They were released under police investigation while enquiries continue.

Clarklands advertised itself as a naturist spa and massage parlour
Clarklands advertised itself as a naturist spa and massage parlour
The aftermath of the blaze at Clarklands Naturist Spa in Sawbridgeworth
The aftermath of the blaze at Clarklands Naturist Spa in Sawbridgeworth


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