ARSONISTS are thought to be behind a fire that destroyed two sheds.

Andy Reeves, of Central Swindon North Parish Council, couldn’t believe it when he heard that they had been targeted at Pickards Fields Allotments.

It happened between the night of June 30 and the morning of July 1.

Andy said: “We’re just as devastated as the tenants are. We put in a lot of effort as a council to support these people and invest in the infrastructure here.

"They were completely destroyed and so were the tools inside which cost a significant amount of money.

“These allotments have been critical for some people, for some it’s the only way they can get fresh produce as they have shielded.

“They’re a lifeline because they really do help with mental health issues and getting people through the pandemic.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “We were called on Wednesday morning to this allotment where two sheds had been set alight.

“We believe this to be arson and are investigating.

“If anyone heard or saw anything suspicious in this area late last night or early this morning. Please contact us on 101 quoting crime reference number 54200063288.”