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Leicestershire Police charge four men with arson and burglary after fire at Hill Top Yard in Henham

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Four men from Leicestershire have been charged with arson and burglary following a fire in Henham.

The quartet is among six men charged with offences after the county force executed a warrant at a travellers' site in Blaby Road, Enderby, on Thursday May 14, when a total of eight were arrested.

Initially, four men were arrested within hours then bailed after the fire at Hill Top Yard, Mill Road, on Tuesday April 14 devastated the haulage site.

The aftermath of the fire, taken by Stansted station's fire crew (35084178)
The aftermath of the fire, taken by Stansted station's fire crew (35084178)

Leicestershire Police has confirmed that Christopher Collins, 24, James Thompson, 23, Terence Maughan, 26, and Thomas Maughan, 30, have been charged with burglary dwelling and arson in relation to the fire.

All but Collins also face affray charges and Thomas Maughan is additionally charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm following an incident in Aston Flamville, Leicestershire, on April 10. Terence Simon Maughan, 51, and Simon Martin Maughan, 25, have also been charged with affray as a result.

All six appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court on May 15 and were remanded in custody to appear at Leicester Crown Court on June 15.

A 36-year-old man and a 53-year-old man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit arson have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Fire crews from Stansted, Newport, Dunmow and Thaxted spent more than two hours battling the blaze at Hill Top Yard, which has been the subject of a number of planning battles in the village since the 1960s.

In 2015, owner Michael Maloney's application to change its use from a yard to a traveller site with five pitches and a toilet block was refused and dismissed at appeal.

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