Ribble Valley couple look for new home after arson attack on stables

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An arson attack at Gisburn-based Panama Sport Horses UK Ltd has left its owner and her husband looking for a new home.

A message on the company’s Facebook page says: “Since the arson attack looking for a safer place to live than Gisburn. Any yards looking for temporary lodgers?”

The blaze, which started at around 1-15am on Friday just yards from more than a dozen horses, destroyed three cars and an outbuilding at the premises in Park Road.

Fire crews from Barnoldswick, Nelson and Clitheroe attended and firefighters used two hose reels, one jet, two breathing apparatus and approximately 45 litres of foam to bring the fire under control. They were at the scene for just under three hours.

The blaze has sparked a joint investigation between police and fire services.

The business is owned by successful show jumper and coach Carol Richardson.

Panama Sport Horses UK Ltd was one of the equestrian yards that provided horses for the Modern Pentathlon Games at the 2012 Olympics.

Messages of support for Carol and her husband Nick Saville have been placed on Panama Sport Horses UK Ltd’s Facebook site.

On reading the news, one Facebook friend posted: “That is dreadful, hope you and Carole are both ok Nick.”

Panama Sport Horses UK Ltd replied: “Thanks everyone, but not the place to keep animals anymore. One horse still shaking and not eating 48 hours after.”