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Police arrest man after arson probe

PUBLISHED: 17:37 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a police investigation into a string of suspicious fires in the south of the town.

Police arrested the 39-year-old suspect on November 16 following a report of a fire in the Wherstead Road area.

AN Ipswich man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a police investigation into a string of suspicious fires in the south of the town.

Police arrested the 39-year-old suspect on November 16 following a report of a fire in the Wherstead Road area.

Community police officers launched an investigation into eleven fires they considered "suspicious" after a householder on Wherstead Road complained that his shed had been targeted late in the evening of November 6.

The complaint triggered an investigation into a series of fires - which stretched back to October 5.

At that time, firefighters were called to a hedge fire on October 5 and then two days later when a stack of rubbish was allegedly set on fire at around 11.30pm. On October 19 a tree at the back of Turin Street was set ablaze followed by a series of shed fires - all of which police and firefighters were treating as "suspicious".

These were to the rear of three houses just doors away from each other on Wherstead Road and the fires just days apart - on October 2, November 2 and November 6.

Three days later, three blazes broke out with the space of two hours. One of the incidents to which firefighters were also called involved a blazing outbuilding by a house opposite Stoke Motorspares on Wherstead Road.

In nearby Hartley Street and Bradley Street, fires in sheds were put out two hours later by firecrews shortly after 11pm.

WPc Janet Humphrey, an Ipswich-based community beat officer, said that the man had been charged with one count of arson in connection with an incident in the Wherstead Road area on the night he was arrested.

She added that all the above fires were treated as suspicious and that police were looking for no one else in connection with the incidents.

"Following a complaint and following investigations and observations by a community police officer and his sergeant, an arrest was made," said WPc Humphrey.

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