Police make two arrests after multiple suspected arson attacks in Stockton

There is a large policing presence in the Myrtle Road, Hawthorne Road and Faraday Drive areas of Stockton as officers respond to numerous incidents. Credit: Gazette Media Company

Police have made two arrests after three incidents in Stockton, which police believe are "linked and targeted."

Officers were called to the incidents on Hawthorne Road, Faraday Drive and Myrtle Road, where two properties and three cars were reported to have been set alight, shortly after 11pm on Thursday 2 May.

No one was injured but the incidents are believed to be linked and targeted.

It was initially reported that a firearm had been discharged but the possibility has now been ruled out after further investigations.

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and arson with intent to endanger life and is currently in police custody.

A 27-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of affray. He also remains in police custody.

Cleveland Police have said three vehicles were set alight and are treating the incidents as suspected arson. Credit: Gazette Media Company

Police are investigating the incidents, which they believe are "linked and targeted."

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Stuart Hodgson, said: “I understand that these incidents will be concerning for local communities, but I would like to reassure local residents that we believe these are targeted incidents, which are being linked at this time.

“A number of arrests have been made and our enquiries are continuing. We are appealing for witnesses and would request that anyone with information gets in touch.

“High visibility patrols will take place in the area to reassure the local community.”

Anyone with information which could help with the investigation is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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