GARDENERS were left heartbroken when arsonists torched five sheds at allotments in Little Sutton.
Hundreds of pounds worth of tools and equipment were destroyed in the blazes, started in the early hours of Friday.
Fire crews were called to the allotments behind Little Sutton Royal British Legion Club on the A41 at 2.30am.
They spent two hours tackling the fires but all five sheds and their contents were beyond repair.
Ivan Philip, the allotment steward, says the damage is ‘heartbreaking’ for the people who put hours of work into tending to their plots.
“Some people have a lot of stuff in their sheds, for that to go up in flames is heartbreaking.
“You can’t do anything about it. I don’t know what these people are getting up to.
“It’s very heartbreaking for those people who put so much effort into it.”
While the sheds were burned down, it does not appear anything was stolen in the attacks.
Mr Philip added: “Everything was on the floor, it’s all ash. Even the police can’t understand it.
“These are mindless people.
“People will buy new things now but they won’t leave it there – they’ll think somebody will take it.”
Cheshire Constabulary spokeswoman Shelley Williams said: “Police are now investigating the circumstances of the fires, which are believed to have been started maliciously.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire police on 0845 458 0000 quoting incident 75 of September 16.