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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 fires
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
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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It was launched by the Prime Minister in our region and it seems we've embraced the scheme more enthusiastically than anywhere else in Britain.

Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Peterborough have been among the biggest users of Help to Buy - which enables people to buy a home with a 5% deposit.

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Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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