A business owner has been left “devastated” after two of his barges were torched by arsonists.
Andrew Lamb, who owns Mbark Canal Cruises in Burscough, has spoken to The Advertiser following the attack on May 4.
Two of Andrew’s barges were set alight shortly after midnight on the Sunday evening.
Three fire engines were called to Mill Lane, opposite the Waterfront pub, at 12.33am, with fire crews working for an hour and a half to put out the flames using hose reels and jets.
The 16 fire fighters fought to save the barges but were unable to stop the boats from being completely destroyed.
Andrew said: “It’s absolutely devastating, I just couldn’t believe it when I heard what had happened.
“Both of the barges were brand new, we’d only had them for six months and they were both fully booked up until the end of the summer.
“We’ve had to let so many people down and it’s just awful, this is going to be disastrous for our business.”
The family-run company offers catered canal cruises on luxury barges. The service is often used by people for special occasions such as anniversaries and birthday parties.
Andrew has subsequently had to cancel many of these cruises due to the vandalism.
Andrew said: “I want to know why someone would do such a thing. I just don't understand it.
“We're a local, family-run business and, though our customers have been extremely supportive and understanding, we have had a lot of cancellations due to the nature of one-off events such as birthdays and anniversaries. This is really going to affect us financially.”
A police spokesperson said: “As of yet there have been no arrests regarding this incident and the investigation is still active and on-going.
“If anyone has any information that could assist the police investigation I’d ask them to call police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”