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Arson attack leaves caravan and 4×4 destroyed in Horley as police appeal for witnesses

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Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack on a caravan and left it and a 4×4 destroyed in Horley.

The attack took place on Saturday (February 8) at approximately 7pm on Haroldslea Drive.

It resulted in a caravan and a 4×4 being totally destroyed and two other cars being damaged. Two cars on a neighbouring driveway were also damaged.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service responded and put the fire out, and have since determined it to be arson.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kristian Baker said:

“This was a serious incident which has caused considerable damage. While understandably distressing to the family involved, it could have been far worse given that these vehicles were parked on the driveway in front of the house and could have spread to their home had the fire service not got there when they did.

“We have carried out a number of enquiries in the area but I would urge anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.

“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around this address at that time, or before or after the incident then please let us know. You can contact us via 101 or report information through www.surrey.police.uk and quote the reference number PR/45200015817.”

You can also report information anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.

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Ye Old Six Bells is back, and you are going to love the changes!

After a major renovation the historic Horley pub is about to reopen its doors.

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Six months ago the community were left shocked as images of fire streaming through one of the areas of the pub filtered their way through the news and social media.

The 700-year-old pub in Horley looked to have taken significant damage and questions were asked about when the classic pub would be able to reopen.

Well now that question can now be answered…this Friday 6th December!

Work started on the renovation back in October with work done on both the inside and the outside of the pub in a style that the owners say will ‘pay homage to the pub’s traditional roots and picturesque location’.

But it’s not just the look of the pub that has changed.

A brand new food menu has been brought in along with a much more extensive offering of wines, gins and craft beers.

We went along for a tasting of their new brunch menu and after choosing the pancakes, this journalist can say hand on heart that they were the best he had ‘ever’ had (and this is no advertorial!!!).

Wayne Thompson, landlord at Ye Olde Six Bells, said:

“We’re working hard to create a truly unique and enjoyable experience for our guests and are so excited to unveil the new Ye Olde Six Bells to the local area.

“The work that is currently underway is centred around creating an original country pub with a real difference. The new Six Bells will provide both our regulars and first-time guests with an exciting location to enjoy high-quality dining in beautiful surroundings.

“Both myself and the whole team are incredibly excited to reopen the doors and welcome guests to experience the new Six Bells for themselves. We hope that they’re pleased to have us back and love the transformation”.  

It can be all too easy to put a lick of paint on a wall or throw some bright cushions on a chair and call it a renovation in the same way that it can be easy to add a few new dishes and call it a new menu. But what this classic pub has done is much more than that.

Ye Old Six Bells has thought very carefully about what they wanted to achieve and what they wanted to give to their guests and that comes through immediately when you arrive.

But there is also something special that you cannot just ‘create’ that the pub has brought with it. The staff, most of whom have returned from before the fire.

Friendly, welcoming and genuinely caring, this is not just another pub visit, this is a visit to a friends or a family member and one that is no longer a lost relative, but one that has returned from a much missed absence.

Welcome back Ye Old Six Bells!

Ye Old Six Bells reopens its doors this Friday 6th December.

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