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12 November 2016, 09:08
A driver who was sleeping in his cab when his lorry was torched at the Clacket Lane services on the M25 has escaped unhurt.
Police believe the fire was started sometime between 11pm and midnight last Tuesday while the lorry was parked up at the Southside services.
The green curtain-side trailer which was carrying a load of Christmas decorations, was completely burnt out. The driver, who was asleep in the cab of the lorry at the time, was woken by a fellow trucker. He was able to unhitch his cab unit and drive it away before it was damaged
When officers arrived at the services they noticed that other curtain side lorries had been cut. They're investigating whether this could potentially be linked to the fire.
PC David Every from Tandridge Area Policing Team, said: “I am urging anybody who was at the services and saw anybody acting suspiciously that evening to contact us as soon as possible.
“The fire caused catastrophic damaged to the vehicle but the outcome could have been far worse had the driver not had been woken and alerted to the fire.”
Surrey Police urges anybody with any information to call 101 or report online at https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/.