Police hunt hedge arsonists

POLICE are today hunting arsonists who destroyed hedgerows and fencing at five Ipswich homes.Firebugs began their reign of terror at 12.25am today when they set fire to four metres of conifer hedge in Renfrew Road.

POLICE are today hunting arsonists who destroyed hedgerows and fencing at five Ipswich homes.

Firebugs began their reign of terror at 12.25am today when they set fire to four metres of conifer hedge in Renfrew Road.

The attacks continued in Lindsey Road, Playford Road, Selkirk Road and Humber Doucy Lane.

They included an attack at the family home of Leanne Moye, 24.

Mrs Moye, of Selkirk Road, Ipswich was woken by a knock on her door at 1.05am.

She said: “I had two young lads knock on the door, I called down the stairs and I said 'who is it' because you're not going to answer the door at that time of the morning and they said there was a fire outside.”

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She said she called the fire brigade but they had already been notified and were on their way and said the two men, aged between 18 and 20, had driven off in a black car.

She added: “I was physically shaking, I was nervous. I couldn't sleep for three hours afterwards. Every time I heard the slightest noise I went outside. No one hates us, we keep ourselves to ourselves.”

She said her main concerns were for her children Jordan, six, Shaun four and Ashlee 15 months but the family were all OK.

The firebugs also targeted the home of 70-year-old Michael Cook, in Lindsey Road, he was awoken about 12.30am by the light of the conifer fire outside.

He said: “I'm a very heavy sleeper and the first thing I saw was a pattern of the flames on the wall outside. At first I thought the house opposite was on fire, it was frightening.

“My worry was that the hedge would set fire to the tree and then the tree to the house.”

Although the tree outside Mr Cook's house was slightly damaged the flames did not spread to his bungalow.

Mr Cook said he called the fire brigade but they were already on route but said two young men had been eager to help extinguish the blaze.

While crews from Princes Street were tackling that fire another was started at the junction of Woodbridge Road and Playford at 12.43am. That fire was under control by 1am.

Finally fire crews from Colchester Road were called to Humber Doucy Lane at 1.25am to a wheelie bin fence fire. That blaze was under control by 1.31am.

Anyone with information about any of the fires should call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 777111.

n. Did you see the fires? What do you think? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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