Video shows the moment a person set fire to a burger van in Bideford before fleeing the scene.

The owners of Biddy Baps have released the footage of the incident which happened on October 31 and police have issued an appeal for information.

The video, which was uploaded on Biddy Baps’ Facebook page, shows a person wearing a hoodie going round the back of the unit before setting alight to something and throwing it under the van before running away.

Nobody was hurt and the burger van is now back in business but the cost of repairing the damage is more than £3,500.

Carol England, who owns Biddy Baps with Clare Thomas, said: “We have only recently started our new business and have spent a lot of time and money getting our van ready.

“Clare has given her job up I am coming up to retirement having worked hard all my life. Then some lowlife thought it was okay to try and burn down our business.

“We have got no idea who has done this. The CCTV shows the person coming in and clearly trying to burn it down.

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“He started the fire near the gas bottles. All the electrics were damaged and it was burned around the side and underneath.

“That night was very windy and there was a bit of rain so fortunately it must have burnt itself out.”

The business was back up and running a couple of days later.

Carol only set up the business in October. For 17 years she ran the First In Last Out pub and is well known in the town.

She said: “All the customer feedback we’ve had has been positive and people know me from the pub so it’s all very strange.

“There will be a reward for information leading to a conviction.”

Devon and Cornwall Police has appealed for information regarding the incident.

A spokesperson said: “We received a report of an act of arson on a burger van which was parked in a secure compound at a site at Northgate, in Barnstaple Street, Bideford, at around 11.15pm on Saturday, October 31.

“Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/092474/20.”





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