During the early hours of Sunday July 1 firefighter were called to a blaze at the Ypres Castle Inn. Fortunately the fire was started in an outbuilding in the pub garden and not in the pub itself. The outbuilding has been totally destroyed along with nearby tables and parasols. A large area of grass has also been scorched. There was no damage to the main building.
At around the same time the well-known car wash business in New Winchelsea Road had their shed set alight and destroyed along with hundreds of pounds of cleaning materials and equipment. The owner of the business, Mr Sattar Mahedi, was distraught when Rye News spoke to him on Sunday morning, but neighbours were already there seeking ways to help him re-start and get back in business and have set up a Go Fund Me page here.
The police believe both fires to be arson, but, as at the time of writing, cannot say whether they were linked.
We will report further when more information is available.
Photos: John Minter