AN ARSONIST wrecked a couple’s holiday home when he set fire to wheeled bins in Paddock.

Athene and Peter Hall’s eight-berth trailer tent was set alight after their wheeled bin was ignited during a spate of attacks.

The couple were asleep at their home in Larch Road around midnight on Sunday when Mr Hall smelled smoke.

The couple discovered their wheeled bin had been set alight and the fire had spread to the trailer at the side of the house.

Firefighters managed to prevent it from spreading to their car and their son’s car, which was also parked next to the house.

"I feel very shaken up by it.

"Thankfully no-one was hurt but we are upset about the trailer and don’t know if we can claim on the insurance," said Mrs Hall.

The couple had holidayed in the £2,000 trailer tent over the summer on the East Coast and had owned it for around eight years.

The spate of wheeled bin fires kept firefighters busy in Paddock.

Nine bins were deliberately set alight in North Road, Larch Street, Heaton Road and Church Street around midnight.

A white man in a dark tracksuit was spotted setting the bins on fire.

A spokesman from Huddersfield fire station said people were alerting them to additional fires as soon as they had one under control.

He said the crew had been so busy that they had been unable to attend a house fire in Scott Vale, Sheepridge to which Brighouse crews were diverted.

The fire in Sheepridge around 12.20am this morning was in an unoccupied house.

It started when a wheeled bin had been pushed at the front of the house and set alight.

It was unrelated to the Paddock incidents.

The front of the house had heat and smoke damage.