Arsonists are suspected of destroying up to 15 boats by the cockle sheds at Essex Yacht Club

Arsonists are suspected of destroying up to 15 boats by the cockle sheds at Essex Yacht Club at Leigh-on-Sea. Four fire appliances were called to the incident at 1.29am, and fire crews extinguished the fire using two main jets by 3.17am.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire & Rescue Service said the cause of the fire is being investigated but is being treated as suspicious. Essex Yacht Club is based on the former Royal Navy minehunter Wilton which was, when built, the largest GRP warship in existence.