Police investigate spate of arson attacks in Eastwood

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Police are investigating a number of fires which occurred overnight in Eastwood and are suspected to be arson attacks.

Firefighters and police officers were called to two car fires in Sherwood Rise at just before 5am this morning (Friday).

The fire service also dealt with several bin fires on Knapp Avenue, Manor Road, Castle Street and Plumptre Way between 4am and 5am.

Police officers are making enquires today in the local area.

Neighbourhood Inspector Deb Regan said: “The timing and location of these fires means we are exploring the possibility that they were started by the same person or group of people.

“In fact we are looking into reports of a small group of youths being seen in the area before the incidents.

“Let me take this opportunity to remind you that rubbish burns extremely quickly and bin fires can easily spread, putting people and neighbouring property at serious risk.

“It’s no joke - if someone is injured, or dies, as a result of a fire you have started you could face a lengthy jail term or possibly even a life sentence.

Police have warned residents to put their bins out for collection as late as possible and to store them away from buildings and vehicles.

If you have any information, or suspect someone of being involved, call the police on 101, quoting incident 106 of 21 November 2014, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.