Hunt for arsonists stepped up

POLICE today called on the public for help in catching those responsible for a series of arson attacks on vehicles in Ipswich.Extra patrols are being carried out in Ipswich as officers hunt those responsible for the attacks.

POLICE today called on the public for help in catching those responsible for a series of arson attacks on vehicles in Ipswich.

Extra patrols are being carried out in Ipswich as officers hunt those responsible for the attacks.

Chief Inspector Bruce Robinson, district commander for Ipswich said: “As the public would expect, we are looking closely at and responding positively to these serious criminal acts.

“The individual or persons responsible for these thoughtless and potentially lethal acts should seriously consider the consequences of their behaviour.


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“Because of the location of vehicles outside residential properties it is not unforeseeable that a home could catch fire with potentially fatal consequences.

“I know that these fires also cause a great deal of distress and inconvenience to the owners of the affected vehicles who are often heavily dependent on their cars for their work and domestic arrangements.

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“We need the assistance of the public to stop these crimes. Patrols have been increased and we are following up a number of lines of investigation. As always we need the public to be alert and to report any suspicious activity that they see to us as quickly as possible.

“Someone knows who is responsible for these acts and I would urge them to contact police before someone is seriously hurt.

“If someone close to you is coming home in the early hours of the morning and they smell as if they have been near a fire, let us know as soon as possible. Your information could save lives.”

Calls can either be made direct to Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

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