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Lorry and four cars set alight overnight

PUBLISHED: 17:36 16 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:36 16 June 2019

Crews from across Ipswich tackled a series of vehicle fires overnight Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Crews from across Ipswich tackled a series of vehicle fires overnight Picture: PHIL MORLEY

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Police have begun investigations after a lorry and four cars were set on fire overnight in Ipswich.

A van was one of the vehicles targeted on Sunday in Ipswich Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYA van was one of the vehicles targeted on Sunday in Ipswich Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

Officers were called at 1.40am on Sunday to Jovian Way, Europa Way and Bramford Road to find numerous vehicles on fire.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said that all the fires had been put out safely.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue sent vehicles from Princes Street and Ipswich East to tackle the blazes.

Firefighters used hose reels and thermal imaging cameras to put out the fires.

The fire left scorched marks on one of the cars Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe fire left scorched marks on one of the cars Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

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Colin Lane, 74, was one of those affected by the fires.

"I was sitting indoors in the house," said Mr Lane.

"I've got CCTV set up and I saw the fire engine outside so I woke my son up to go outside."

The heat from the van fire caused damage to a nearby car Picture:NEIL DIDSBURYThe heat from the van fire caused damage to a nearby car Picture:NEIL DIDSBURY

When Mr Lane's son went outside he learnt not only that a car had been set alight outside the house but that it was his own vehicle which had been hit.

The heat of the fire melted much of Mr Lane's son's wing mirror, leaving a melted mess behind.

"It was terrible," said Mr Lane, "we are devastated."

The cause of the fires is believed to be suspicious at this stage.

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