Thatched cottages torched in arson spree

Arsonists deliberately set fire to a number of thatched cottages in Huntingdonshire this morning.

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Police release details of thatched roof arson suspects

Detectives from Cambridgeshire Police investigating a series of fires in Brampton and Offord have released descriptions of the suspects.

Firefighters tackle thatched roof fire Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Four thatched roofs were set alight in Brampton between 1am and 1.15am yesterday, shortly after another home had been targeted in High Street, Offord.

The Brampton fires were in West End, High Street and two in The Green. Police are linking the five fires along with a further incident in Miller Way, Brampton, in which some conifer cuttings were set alight and the flames spread to other trees.

Officers are also keeping an open mind as to whether a stack fire in Hemingford Grey is linked to the series.

Police have now released descriptions of two men they want to trace.

Offender one: White, 25 to 30-years-old, 6'4'' to 6''6, thin, wearing a dark hooded top and dark trousers.

Offender two: White, 25 to 30-years-old, slightly shorter than offender one, stocky, brown wavy hair, wearing a grey hooded top and black trousers.

They are thought to have been travelling in a red hatchback with a loud exhaust.

These fires were extremely dangerous and it is fortunate that no-one was seriously injured or killed.

Thankfully the fires were spotted quickly and put out before they could take hold and cause serious damage.

I would urge anyone who knows who was responsible or who recognises the descriptions, to call police.

– Detective Sergeant Iain Moor

Anyone with any information should call DS Moor on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Hunt continues for arsonists

One of the cottages set on fire

Police are today continuing their hunt for arsonists who set light to five thatched cottages near Huntingdon yesterday. All the fires were put out and no-one was hurt - but it's prompted a warning to those living in thatched homes. The calls to four of the fires all came within the space of two hours - a second fire on The Green at Brampton was spotted by a crew tackling a nearby blaze.

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"They need to be caught": Victim of arsonists calls for action over cottage fires

Five thatched cottages were targeted. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The hunt for arsonists who deliberately targeted five thatched cottages early this morning in villages around Huntingdon is continuing.

All the fires were put out and no one was hurt.

It's prompted a warning to those living in thatched homes to be on their guard, but to stay calm as well.

The calls to four fires all came within the space of two hours early this morning.

Vhari Russell’s home in Brampton was one of the properties targeted. She was asleep upstairs with her husband and three young children when the fire service arrived.

“We were so lucky. It's rare that you question your own life.

These horrible people have put five families' lives at risk and the houses that they've worked so hard for. They need to be caught."

– Vhari Russell, Victim of arsonists

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Cambridgeshire: Calls for calm after arsonists set fire to five thatched cottages

It was a busy morning for the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire Service

Arsonists deliberately set fire to a number of thatched cottages in Huntingdonshire this morning.

There were five attacks in total, with the arsonists torching the roofs of the properties.

The fire service attended the first incident just after 12:30am in in New Road, Offord Cluny.

They were then called to further fires in West End Road, the High Street and The Green in Brampton.

“This morning we had five fires caused deliberately that had the potential to both seriously damage property and put lives of Cambridgeshire residents at risk.

We are working closely with police, however, we’re urging residents, and especially those with thatched properties, to be vigilant to any suspicious activity and ensure you have a working smoke alarm."

– Rick Hylton, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
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