Denial that local feud was behind weekend traveller’s site blaze

A group of travellers who lost a caravan on a Moray site at the weekend are insisting that the blaze was not the result of any internal conflict.

The blaze at the site at Troves near Elgin destroyed an Audi and Peugeot vehicle as well as the caravan.

While the cause of the blaze remains unsolved the owner of the vehicles moved to dismiss rumours that it was the result of a feud amongst travellers in the area.

“Everything I had in this world was in that caravan,” the unnamed owner told the Press and Journal, adding: “The only clothes I have left are those I am standing up in.

“There was nobody on the site when the fire broke out because we were all away on holiday in Skye. My first reaction when I got back and saw what had happened was ‘why me?’

“I have not got an enemy in the world – there’s no reason for anybody to have done this. There are no feuds going on among travellers in the area.”

The owner said that the badly damaged Audi belonged to a friend and had been parked at the entrance of the site to deter access while the group was away. A passing motorist reported the fire at around 12.45am on Sunday.

Scottish Fire and Rescue are understood to have begun investigations into the cause of the blaze.

A police spokeswoman said: “Inquiries are still ongoing into the fire – we would appeal to any witness who may have seen anything to get in touch.”

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