Shoppers escape smoke-filled Northampton Dunelm store after yobs set fire to trolley full of rubbish

Police appeal for witnesses following Saturday's incident at St James Retail Park

Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 3:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 3:36 pm

A busy Northampton shop was evacuated on Saturday afternoon (July 17) after yobs set fire to a shopping trolley.

Firefighters managed to put out the fire but not before flames damaged buildings and smoke filled Denelm Mill in St James Retail Park, Towcester Road, at around 3.30pm.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "Staff at Dunelm Mill discovered the trolley had been set alight outside the store.

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Shoppers were forced to evacuate Dunelm after smoke filled the store

"Firefighters were called by the fire caused damage to the exterior of the building and the store to fill with smoke, leading to an evacuation.

"Our officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen any suspicious activity. Please call 101 quoting reference 21000400350 if you are able to help."