WESTFIELD, MA – A homeless man has been charged after Westfield police say he broke into a food truck and lit it on fire. Police Capt. Hipolito Nunez stated that Michael England, 22, set the fire on the passenger side of the truck Sunday night.
According to Nunez, around 11:00 P.M., England had been walking down Union Street with some friends, when he decided to enter the truck, which was parked near Brothers Custom Car Care. For reasons that the police are still looking into, he then allegedly started the fire.
Officers who were called to the area were able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, Nunez said.
England was arraigned Tuesday in Westfield District Court on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime, and attempt to burn a motor vehicle.
WESTFIELD, IN - Mere months from opening day at its massive Grand Park Sports Campus, Westfield is drafting rules intended to protect nearby businesses from crowd-hungry food trucks.
A work-in-progress ordinance introduced to the Westfield City Council on Monday would only allow mobile food vendors to roll into town for special events, neighborhood parties and at the invitation of large employers—as long as they stay away from Grand Park.
The 800-acre youth sports megaplex debuting this spring is an economic development play for Westfield, which is looking to increase commercial investment and diversify its tax base. Officials are hoping all kinds of businesses are drawn to the million-plus visitors expected to flock to the park each year.
“This is going to become a pretty popular place,” said Matt Skelton, the city’s director of economic and community development.
Several bricks-and-mortar vendors have expressed interest in setting up shop at or near Grand Park, he told the council, but they’re understandably concerned about the potential for mobile competition.
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